I like to think of myself as a relatively smart person. I am very capable of many things technology, but I am starting to really feel my age. This week, Apple announced the new iPhone X and the internet went crazy. Water and dust resistant, FaceId, 5.8 inch display, TrueDepth camera, A!! Bionic, and wireless charging are just a few of the features of this new phone.
Call me old fashioned, but I don't get it. It seems like a lot of great features, but I just need a simple phone that will make and recieve calls, take decent pictures, and let me send a simple text. My phone is not the newest, latest model, but even it has more features than I will ever use. It seems like every few months, a new phone comes out with amazing features everyone wants so they rush out and get one. I won't be in any of those lines for the new iPhone.
Believe it or not, I LOVE technology. I love the way it has completely changed education in the 18 years that I have been teaching. I can't imagine teaching without my laptop, Promethean Board, visual presenter, iPads, and yes....even my iPhone. I was a teenager when the internet was born and in college when I learned how to email for the first time. It was a big deal at that time to even know how to operate a basic computer. By the way, I learned keyboarding on a typewriter. (Am I showing my age now?)
Many of the things I use every day to teach with were not even invented at the beginning of my teaching career. Many of children I currently teach will have jobs in the future that don't even exist yet. I can't wait to see what the world has in store for my children, what new technology will come along, and what careers will be formed as a result. Technology is important. It changes the way the world operates, locally, nationally, and globally. It's exciting to see. Just don't expect me to wait in a long line for that new phone! You all can have that fun without me. :)