Is “Balance is key” when it comes to technology?


I recently came across an interesting article called “Stop saying “balance is key” when discussing technology.” written by Lisa Nielsen, author of the award-winning blog “Innovative Educator”. Let’s focus on the  “Balance is key” statement for a bit. Although it seems logical when you hear it, it’s only because that statement is what you have always known. Lisa Nielsen mentions this:

 When you talk about reading books, do you often hear, “balance is key?” When you talk about fitness, do you often hear, balance is key? How about writing? How about talking to friends? How about networking with experts?How about playing chess?  How about making documentaries? How about solving complex equations? How about social action?  How about doing research?

 Technology has become limitless. It has evolved with time, and has also allowed us to evolve with it. In the education realm, we have seen major shifts. We are now encouraging and being encouraged to use technology. However, you also hear “We use technology when it is necessary” let’s think about that. To me, that statement is produced based on fear. You can sense the reluctant tone in that line. Lisa also brings up this point:

“If we are lucky, being passionate about any of the things mentioned above allows us to enter a state of what is called flow. Flow is “characterized by complete absorption in what one does”. Sir Ken Robinson talks about the “element:” the intersection between what one loves and what one is good at. These terms describe what is felt and what it looks like to be simultaneously happy and productive.  It is a good thing.” 

 When I learn something by myself, I play around with it endlessly. I unleash my curiosity. We should have the same mindset with technology in the classroom. Lisa quotes: “It is important that we enable students and educators to have “flow” experiences, and help them seek their “element”….by any means they choose.

I believe it is not just enough to just say “Classrooms need to catch up with the digital age” but how can we do that? Then we get the next few steps and names of tools to learn but that’s still not enough. Instead classrooms and those in it need to embrace the digital mindset along with their own creativity.

In conclusion, I leave with this statement by Lisa “The next time you find yourself afraid that the “overuse” of technology is a harbinger of the end of civilization as we know it, calm down. It is. But, behind those screens you might very well be surprised to find people who pursue their passion in a way that makes them most productive. To achieve a healthy balance, we need to create, accept, and embrace environments where passionate learners can thrive in the ways that work best for them. we do that, we are free to move toward that key concept of balance.”

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About Lisa Nielsen:

Lisa Nielsen serves as the director of digital literacy and citizenship for New York City schools. She also writes for and speaks to audiences across the globe about the future of education and is best known for her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator. Her writing and work is also featured in places such as The New York Times, T.H.E. Journal, Tech & Learning, Smartblogs,  ISTE Connects, Huffington Post, ASCD Wholechild, MindShift, Leading & Learning,


I'm a Public Relations & Corporate Communication Graduate student in the NYU SCPS at New York University. I'm a storyteller, I think out of the box and my creativity has no limits.