Jim Denison: How Technology Can and Can’t Improve Our Lives

I don’t know what you did last night, but I’ll bet it wasn’t more significant than the way Belinda George spent her evening.

Dr. George is the first-year principal of Homer Drive Elementary School in Beaumont, Texas. Her students’ reading scores last year were low, so she launched “Tucked-in Tuesdays” in December.

She dresses in costumes, from a onesie with a unicorn head to a Cookie Monster outfit to pajamas covered with pink hearts. When her students log on to their school’s Facebook page, she reads books to them over her iPhone. She acts out the stories as the kids type in questions.

Dr. George grew up with five sisters in a three-bedroom trailer. Her father never learned to read. She learned her love of reading from her school librarian in Louisiana. Now she is paying it forward.


Technology affects every dimension of our lives today, from the airplanes we ride to the cars we drive, the homes we inhabit, the food we eat, and the air we breathe. The innovations of our day can be a force for tremendous good, as Dr. George’s Facebook Live reading sessions show.

Other examples: A Texas company says it has developed a way to build homes in just a few days using 3-D printing, saving 30 percent off total construction costs. Companies are testing automated cooler-sized robots that can deliver food to any address.

Technology is also helping police with crimes that have been unsolved for years, if not decades. One genealogist has predicted that suspects in hundreds of unsolved murders and rapes will be identified using public DNA databases in the near future. Last week, for instance, DNA and genetic genealogy helped police find a woman who left her newborn baby to die thirty-eight years ago.


Of course, nearly anything that can be used for good can also be used for bad.

A doctor in California told a patient via computer video link that he was going to die. The patient passed away the next day. His granddaughter told CNN, “I think they should have had more dignity and treated him better than they did.”

A woman using her cellphone to take a selfie crossed a barrier in an Arizona zoo and was attacked by a female jaguar. The woman was taken to the hospital and later apologized to the zoo for the incident.

And a Florida policeman allegedly used a police database to mine information for his personal dating service. He reportedly contacted 150 women over the last seven years. The officer has resigned.

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Source: Christian Headlines