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! 🙂