I recently came across this quote and it got me thinking: what ARE our rules for describing our reactions to technology? Douglas Adams, author, scriptwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist put it this way - " Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works; Anything that's invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.; and, Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.”
This makes sense to me and has been my experience working with all ages around the US.
But that I have to laugh, is not our taste in music the same? Any music we hear that existed before we are born is "classic" and always has been, any music created during our early years is innovative, new and exciting, and anything we hear after the age of 35 is just, well, you know.... My husband and I recently watched a music awards show and we honestly did not know ANYONE nominated. We were Googling names and trying to figure out who is who: we officially felt a little old.
Technology is like that and living in a digital-age, supporting students, I need to get over my reactions and consider theirs. It is not about me. It is about them.
Jaclyn coaches and assists K-12 educators, ITFs, and Administrators to adapt, not adopt – fostering digital initiatives to transform professional learning through changes in pedagogical shifts and meeting the needs of all learners to champion creativity and innovation. @jaclynbstevens