Ten years ago as the technology revolution came into my household I was onboard. I embraced computers and all of the applications that came with them. When cell phones came out I wanted to have one of those as well. . Because technology changes so rapidly all of us have to decide what we need to have and what we can live without. In today's economic times, this is more important than ever.
Most important to me is communication-the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs. This is the prime reason that the technology revolution has taken off. As human beings we have a fundamental need to communicate with others. The internet has allowed us to communicate with others all around the earth and even in outer space pretty effortlessly. Communication is sometimes a two way affair with instant messaging, email, audio and video conferencing, and phone calls. At other times others have written their thoughts, audio or videos and we have a more passive role in reading, listening or watching and then possibly expressing our opinion in a comment.
We upgrade computers as components become faster and smaller. We have been building desktop computers for many years as it a hobby in our family. We upgrade our cell phones as better ones come out with features that we think are important to us. We do not get the newest and the greatest when it gets released. An exception to this has been with pc video games which my sons have needed to purchase on the release day :)
As an educator it is my job to show this new generation how to use the technology in a responsible and thoughtful way. My students learn that not everything that they read is the truth. Pictures can be altered, research articles are author biased and need to be cross checked, and some things are just put out there for our entertainment.
All day long I am at the computer for different things. I am a website designer and do monthly updates for a professional organization. I love working in photoshop on personal photos. I instant message with my family and friends, communicate with different social networking groups, get the news, read interesting articles, look up recipes, look at reviews for items I am buying, shop, do my bills and so much more.
Just a short time ago, our lives were still fulfilling without the technology communication that we take for granted. Today I cannot imagine my life without my cell phone or my computers and the applications that I use everyday. The old ways have not been forgotten. They have been replaced in my world with newer ways to communicate and for that, I am grateful.