Akron middle school takes tech timeout

Akron middle school takes tech timeout
They have to sign a pledge for the three-day challenge. (Source: WOIO)
They have to sign a pledge for the three-day challenge. (Source: WOIO)

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - It's pretty staggering to ask a middle schooler to rattle off all the technology they have in their lives.

"I have an Xbox, laptop. I have a cell phone. I have an iPad," says seventh grader Korrine Averill.

"This generation, they've never been without most of the technology we've become accustomed too," says humanities teacher Matt Russ. "There can be too much of a good thing."

For three days, middle schoolers grades fifth through eighth at the private

in Akron are going digitally dark in a national program called

. One of the goals is to make sure this generation is still able to have a face-to-face conversation with someone, without looking down at a cell phone screen.

"One of the side effects will be more quality family time that's technology free. But also just an awareness of how much technology we use," says Russ.

Each student must sign the pledge that between Saturday morning and Tuesday, they'll get away from technology and back to the basics. Some students admit it will be tough.

"I might go snowboarding or hang out with my friends in my neighborhood," says eighth grader Gabe Sharrock.

Korrine says it won't be too hard to keep busy, saying she's switched off before when camping.

"I'll find different ways and I'll probably get to know my family better, just because I'll be hanging out with them the whole time," she says.
The program will be capped off with the showing of the Tech Timeout documentary on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the JCC in Akron. The event, and post discussion with the film maker, is free and open to the public, whether they switched off or not.
Copyright 2015 WOIO. All rights reserved.