Human interaction should not come at the cost of technological advancement but should be used with technology to create something amazing. Hear Me, an initiative of the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University, does just that by capturing the stories of children and teens using simple microphones and mobile video recorders. They are using these mediums and personal interactions to get children talking about serious issues facing their generation. There are some powerful stories being told there. I found out about this project through a Slate article that had some valuable insights into the mixing of technology and personal relationships. Here are some of my favorites but the article is well worth reading to learn more about the project and the people who created it.
Hear Me has all the ingredients of a feel-good activity for our time: using digital recorders to capture moments and rebroadcast them; linking technology to physical, face-to-face spaces; and giving students a chance to use new tools for self-expression. In education technology debates, excitement always builds when people talk about the power of technology to enable students to see themselves as creators (not just consumers) by posting their projects on sites like YouTube.
“Personal interaction makes technology meaningful”—and it also makes the technology secondary.
Technology rollouts can become a waste of time and money if there isn’t adequate focus on the people who will be interacting with students while using the technology.