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Technology. For many of us, this modest word produces a knot in our stomach. Technology can be a wonderful asset, and represents the wave of the future; yet, how often do we look around and see individuals consumed by the technology in their hands while paying no attention to the person next to them? To be honest, technology presents a unique challenge not only to individuals but also to us as a society as we learn to balance technology in our lives.
If you are looking for balance in technology use in your home, these resources from popular homeschool speaker Todd Wilson may tip the scales in your favor. Beginning with the booklet, written primarily to Dads (with much application to Mom), Todd lays a foundational understanding of the allure and deceptive nature of technology and it's impact on his own family; explains the unique impact technology has on males and females; and uses supportive scripture to form a battle plan to tame the beast. While this practical, easily digested, 47 page Booklet gives parents the necessary tools to tame the techno-beast, Todd also offers a 100+ page Student Workbook, designed to take young people on a path of self-discovery of their relationship with the Techno-Beast. One thing I really appreciated about the student workbook is how he walks students logically through setting a technology standard for themselves rather than espousing the "evils" of technology. Beginning with a short history lesson to introduce the first computer game (Pong, for those too young to remember!), which leads to an overview of the rapid technology explosion, the Student Workbook then tackles life in a virtual world. A virtual world that can be all-encompassing and provide a snare that is different for males and females. Students then explore the Biblical application, battle plans for killing the beast and development of personal standards for video games, cell phones, Facebook and internet usage. Each workbook section ends with open-ended questions designed to help young people evaluate their views of technology and the impact it has on their lives. A sampling of the questions: "How do you respond when you see a new gadget?" Does your virtual world seem easier, more exciting, or more relational than your real world at home, school or work? Explain." Weekly Technology Logs are also included for self-evaluation. Parents and young people alike will be challenged to think beyond society's norm as they evaluate the Techno-Beast in their home. Homeschool parents may reproduce pages for use within a single classroom. sc. ~ Deanne