I had intended to post this on Monday 15/05/17, sorry it’s late. I asked Ethan and Conor (in-house learners) to explain the influence that computers has had on their lives. So I thought it was only fair that I did the same. It is a bit of a “rant” at times but also explains how I didn’t follow opportunities when I had the chance. So here goes…..
Computers, how have they changed my life? When growing up I didn’t have a computer as most children have today, the nearest “thing” was a typewriter which would only write when you pressed the different keys (sometimes you had to really “whack them”). Technology has changed a great deal since then or has it, as I am still pressing different keys to get words to paper.
Throughout my school years I still didn’t have access to a computer and wasn’t able to “take” typing as I was in the wrong “class” (not in the lower sets), I wasn’t really clever either but was expected to do “proper subjects”. This was an opportunity lost (1) as far as I’m concerned, do teachers really have this influence over the future of their pupils? They did then, do they now (cynical comment)? Perhaps I’m in the wrong profession!
When I first learned to use a computer I thought they were great, difficult and frightening, all at the same time (is this possible?) I have learned that they can, when used correctly benefit everyone, save time and help you to gain a wide range of skills.
Using a computer has allowed me to help others, given me opportunities to build my skills and opened up a “whole new world”, don’t you just love technology?
As a family we didn’t have a computer at home until the early 90’s and only then because my son thought it would help him with his GCSE prep and exams. I should have taken the opportunity to get to understand them then (lost opportunity 2) but I didn’t.
Lost opportunity 3. In a previous life and job, I was working with apprentices and they had to complete projects for i.e literacy and numeracy. This involved creating documents and graphs using graph paper, yes, you can still get and it is still being used now, I think! With a computer at home I could have used software applications to help my learners, did I? NO, I didn’t, I used to have my daughter to do it for me. So you can see why this is another missed opportunity to “get into” IT.
Fast forward a few years, though I’m not telling you how many from the start of my journey. Now I can do “some things” with a computer, I can’t believe I didn’t have the courage to experiment years before. And the morale is? To take all the opportunities life and employers offer you, even if you think you are not good enough, YES, you can learn no matter what your age. I wouldn’t be here now if I hadn’t “taken the plunge” into the world of IT (better late than never).
And now the influence of IT for us all, have we benefited?
IT has been a great advantage to the world; it’s helped to advance so many different aspects of our lives.
What would the world be like without computers/internet/www access?
- Would man have walked on the moon?
- Would medicine have advanced with cures for diseases?
- Would we have Smart phones?
- Games consoles; are these a good or bad influence on us?
With reference to “gaming” I’m not sure on whether we would be much more outgoing if these hadn’t been invented, why? Is it better that we are fixated (addicted) with playing games indoors or should we be spending more time outdoors with family and friends. Kids were a lot healthier “back in my day” (oh! nostalgia talking) “in my opinion”. Enough of that now!
How has the world of work changed? Would big businesses/individuals be worth “billions”? Would we all have more fulfilling and healthy lives? It’s difficult to really say how we would manage, as we have all gotten used to “how it is now”.
Trying to explain to the “youth of today” what is was like to live without smart phones and computers, they think that I’m “really old” am I? I don’t feel that I am. You could say that “I’m growing old disgracefully” though I am trying to be a positive influence. That’s what we “oldies” should be doing, as well as passing on a huge amount of life experiences and hope that they learn from our mistakes; NO they won’t, because we never learned when our parents tried to give us the same advice, did we?