Thursday, July 28, 2011
iBrain Chapter 8 - Adapt or Die
The never ending battle to upgrade. Apple is notorious for putting out a new product then releasing a cheaper faster version a few months later.
"Hello, my name is Keith, I am an early adopter"
Some times getting the latest and greatest works out... the new ipod revolutionized mp3 players, as did the cd burner. I spent many nights burning files with my $300 cd burner. However, my mp3 player that hold only 64 megabytes (maybe 1 audio cd of 12 songs) didn't work.
We have all had the experience of trying to decide what to buy at the box store or just buying a new computer because ours crashed. As a tech guru for my family, friends and colleagues I am always struck by their desire to upgrade to a newer technology rather then truly their need.
Psst... I will tell you a secret all the tech gadget companies plan on obsolescence.
When internet finally hit.. it really is not about your computer speed but your internet. Most now only need a terminal with a fast internet connect. Very few are gaming, video editing, or doing other cpu/memory intensive activities on the computer.
This chapter is basically a tutorial on basic computer skills from email etiquette, internet searching, to online safety. I found it dated since most of us live in this world now.
My students have matured past some of these issues, I remember starting off having to explain about why you don't put picture with your name online. Now if they are doing it it is on purpose or friends are doing it for them (with or without their knowledge) and they have some concept of the consequences.
* I would point out that the Natives still need to be taught online etiquette skills. Just because they are natives does NOT mean they know how to properly do things. Schools are notorious for having students show teacher/kids how to do something on computers. Yes they may know how to use the tool, but may not know how to use it properly.
Posted by Mr. Kelley at 8:56 AM