I can go back a bit here as well. I realized many years back that
there was a great new age before us. My oldest son was introduced to
the VIC 20 and that computer was the main stay in the household when
#2 boy was born. I would have killed for a Commodore 64 but there
were not the funds available. We bought a Tandy something or other
after a time, about an 8088, I think. And, then, my brother brought
a 286 "lunch box" computer into the household.
It rapidly progressed from there, a new computer every two years and,
while few understood the "educational value" of this new tool, I had
to learn as fast as possible and, yes, come to them, my children, for
help as I tried to keep up. Of course, I kept suggesting that they
both get into security but, they did not listen to me. I still know I
was right. :)
IF my children were not happy with me, they would throw a book at me
and tell me to, "Learn it on your own!"
Point, this is a new time, well not anymore but it was in those days.
While my father and I interacted well, we never had the experience
that I and my children had, a really shared learning experience. I
taught them, and they taught, are still teaching, me. My grandson is
better with a touch pad than any of my students. Sometimes I want to
bring the 4 year old in to teach the 12 year olds. :)
For Sig, and any others who have a few grey hairs, I suspect that we
have experienced something that will not happen again for many years.
However, it still continues as my K students go home and teach their
parents. I have had 'half hearted' complaints from parents. But, we,
the grey hairs, were there first, in the beginning.
And, to the "Powers that be" as I must get my digs in, just how do we
put that into a 'Tech Plan'? We cannot really plan. We must adapt,
year by year, month by month, day by day. Planning is an ongoing
thing . Heck, we still have Senators who can't really do anything
from a technology standpoint and they are telling us what we have to
do. Perhaps we, old timers, need to send them our children, "Here is
the book, learn it on your own with no hired help." No apologies from
me but, in fact, we are working on it (the new tech plan) and we all
think it is a waste of time because it will change tomorrow based
upon what we experience today. (Oh, and BTW, where is the real money
to support technology in the midst of serious budget cuts and
pressure from on high to #1, meet NCLB requirements, and #2, level
fund or cut the budget?)
So, I pay back. That is why I do what I do, giving back to today's
children what my children gave me. What I can do for the little
people (K-2 and up) in hopes that they excel in this new world? They
rapidly surpass my abilities, just like my children did. That is fine
with me. Maybe they will go into security. :)
Back to making a living,
At 02:12 PM 4/7/2009, you wrote:
>In this case the son has two of his own, the younger now old enough
>to attend school 5 days a week.
>But Nick may have gotten something from having computers at home
>from the earliest days of PCs.
>He has done lots more with web sites that I'll ever do - e.g.,
>cartotalk.com - which he did on his own
>for a few years, now has outside $ to keep it going. It's a place
>for cartographers (map-makers) to
>share information. His own site is springercartographics.com . I say
>proudly that he has real design sense.
>Yes, I do have more than a few gray hairs.
>Bess Kapetanis wrote:
>>Yes, let's listen to (and solicit ideas from)our kids. They are
>>the digital natives and too often without a seat at the table when
>>educational decisions are being made, ironically, on their behalf.
>>PBS TeacherLine Coordinator
>>WGBY Public Television
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>>Springfield, MA 01103
>>413-781-2801 ext. 292
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>>From: School Information Technology Discussion
>>[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Sigurd Andersen
>>Sent: Tuesday, April 07, 2009 09:48
>>To: [log in to unmask]
>>Subject: Setting up a web site using Word Press (not only for blogging)
>>I recently asked my son a question about how to do something on the
>>web, he answered a much more general question, about a framework
>>for a new web site.
>>He suggested I try Word Press, public domain blogging software, as
>>the framework for a new web site. He suggested that the blog
>>portions don't even need to be used, but that the rest of the
>>framework provides a structure for all sorts of possible add-ons.
>>I've been using bluehost (at his suggestion) for web hosting. All I
>>had to do was click a few buttons, and a previously web-page-less
>>domain name was up and running.
>>My bare-bones site - nothing but scaffolding yet - is at systalk.org
>>The administration stuff I've played with so far has been
>>intuitive, easy to use.
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