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Does not compute

Let me take you back ten years.  I had just started teaching at a high school and my marvelous colleague/mentor graciously passed on all of her teaching materials to me on a floppy disk.  I was amazed that binders full of information could fit on one of those scrawny little things.   My comment back then was, ” Wow! What is this thing and where can I get one? ”   A brand new world was about to open up for me.  Welcome to technology!   This was about the same time I visited a friend of mine with twin sons and at the age of two, they were already quite confident playing games on the computer.  It put me to shame.

My husband says I have a strange fear of computers.  I think anyone who has watched me fumble my way through email and documents would wholeheartedly agree with him.   I have this inordinate fear of losing my technological life somewhere in the atmosphere.  Of course, when I discovered the undo button,  that helped a lot and the day that I mastered copy and paste sticks in my mind as a pretty important milestone as well.  I was so thrilled to celebrate that significant accomplishment with my Grade 12 students, that I made homemade waffles for the entire class!

The point is that I don’t have  a lot of confidence with computers.  So, you can imagine my horror when well-meaning friends began suggesting that I start a blog!  Finding an image, posting a picture and deciphering my way through words like dashboard widget queries, Akismet stats and tag surfing was a real challenge for me.  I must confess that my patient computer-whiz husband was a big help in these trying days but nonetheless, I went for it.

I have resigned myself to the reality that my six year old grandson is far more confident manoeuvering his way through cyberspace than I am and that’s a humbling reality for me.  But I am slowly, but surely conquering my fear of this laptop.   In fact, in the midst of writing this blog, I even learned how to right click a misspelled word! 🙂

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  1. Emily

    But aren’t you glad you started? Thank goodness for Chris! Great job Mrs.L!

  2. Vicky

    Hi Diane,
    I read them all. Good stuff.
    Looking forward to seeing you.

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