Sunday, August 14, 2011

Tech In Class Is Like Christian Music

Growing up, contemporary Christian music didn't exist. If there was Christian music on the radio, it was usually at the beginning or end of a sermon. I remember listening to light rock or easy listening radio stations, some might even call it elevator music, but that was the least offensive you could get. The result was that the music we sang in church on Sunday was vastly different from what we heard the rest of the week. Very few radio stations played hymns with organ accompaniment. 
Today, my kids listen to KLOVE and we sing the same songs in church. It's a vastly different dynamic. Where I felt a dichotomy, my kids experience unity. The music on Sunday morning echoes throughout the week. Sunday and Monday are leveled to the same plateau, a continuity of worship.
What struck me though was the analogy to technology in the classroom. When we use the internet, social media and mobile devices in class, those tools and lessons can continue to reverberate all week long. The greatest asset to digital tools is the ability to extend learning into everyday life and on the reverse, bring everyday experiences into the classroom. It's really a lot like how Paul described, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."