Back in October of 2010, something happened to me that radically changed the way I do work – I was given an iPhone 4. All of the sudden I found that I was able to answer emails much quicker, easily record lessons, and access surveillance cameras from anywhere in the school building. I also found that my new device could easily be used to waste time and neglect my God-given responsibilities. It’s super easy to get zoned out on YouTube watching video compilations of babies laughing hysterically, animals scaring people or ’80s rockers attempting to dance.
Almost eight years ago I watched Dr. David Murray’s noteworthy DVD, In God’s Technology. Dr. Murray presents biblical methods to train children so they can use technology in a way that honors God. Four biblical principles are provided:
1. Technology is created by God.
2. Technology is not essentially sinful.
3. Technology has many good uses.
4. Technology has been perverted.
Three possible responses to technology are also provided:
1. An enthusiastic embrace
2. A strict separation
3. Disciplined discernment
Of course, the way to use technology is in a disciplined discerning manner. To help our students use their smartphones (and laptops) with disciplined discernment and be responsible digital citizens, students can use their devices in three areas at Cullen:
1. Classroom (ask to use a smartphone) 2. Collaboratory 3. Commons
We’ll always encourage taking breaks from social media and having more social interactions; however, a strict separation from screens isn’t what we’re seeking. Let’s give God glory by playing fun Nintendo Wii games, listening to the latest tunes from Beautiful Eulogy, and taking the occasional silly picture.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31