This weekend the newly licensed driver of the family drove by herself for the first time. She went to a friends house several miles away -- from Edmonds to Sandpoint if you know the Seattle area. She got directions from Mapquest.
On her way through Seattle, she got lost. When I texted her to see if she arrived okay, I received the response "Hate. Seattle." She knew she was on the right street, but couldn't find the house.
Before she left to come home, I texted her my directions to get back. She followed a friend out of the neighborhood and then wasn't sure she was following the directions, so we talked and texted when she pulled over a couple of times on the way home.
My point: technology is no substitute for human interaction. I use technology as a tool, but I know my students need a person to reassure them they are heading in the right direction.