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As our world evolves into one that is more technologically advanced, I often reflect on my own childhood. One that was filled with playing outside, getting dirty, and exploring the world around me. Afternoon fun also included watching television, playing video games, listening to records, taking pictures on film, and watching movies on our Beta and then VHS tape player. Technology offers exciting opportunities, but like all things there is always a balance to be found. Research continues to improve our understanding of how we receive, interpret, respond, and interact with media. While enjoying these new advances, we should also be mindful of how they influence the ways in which we interact and learn within our environment.

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Communicating Around the Technology in our Lives

As a reader, you are responsible for your own conclusions and actions. At the end of the day, you must decide what is right for yourself, your children, and/or professionally, the services you provide. An app or other technological component will never replace human thought and interaction. As a professional, technology within the educational landscape offers unlimited opportunities; however, it is only an adjunctive tool to what a more component individual can offer another. Technology has it's place; however, just where that place is, is still being researched and investigated. Therefore, you should be an iSLP, iParent, iEducator, etc. who questions technology in an effort to better answer this question, building upon the research and knowledge gained in the past. The purpose of this site is to encourage quality interactions around the technology in our lives, not technology replacing the roles, knowledge, and experience of parents, caregivers, educators, skilled speech-language pathologists, and other professionals. Like a sing-along or read-along, an app-along strives to foster interaction around a digital medium. 

 

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