It’s been several months – I’ve been pondering and thinking about beginning a blog! Well, today’s the day! I’m starting! Perhaps the best story to begin this blog with is to go back to 1983 when I was in line at a Radio Shack store in Hyde Park, Chicago. A young man, about twelve or thirteen years of age was in front of me. He carried on a conversation with the associate! When I arrived at the counter to pay my bill, I must have had this blank look on my face, as the associate said, “Miss, are you okay?”
When I said that I didn’t understand a word the two of them were talking about, he grinned from ear to ear and said, “Well, go talk to Joseph. He’s in the corner working on the computer. He’ll explain everything to you.”
After I paid my bill, I walked over to the corner where Joseph was working on a Tandy Computer. Forty-five minutes later I walked out of the store. I stood on the sidewalk in front of the store for several minutes, muttering to myself “Caroline you’re outdated!”
Yes, it was the feeling of not knowing a thing about the computer that this young man was so comfortable with that motivated me to learn more about the computer. Perhaps that is where we can start this conversation – Where did you first become aware of the gap between yourself and what we call today our wonderful Digital Natives?
I’d love to hear your story! As I continue to share my story, I’ll also share a journey with you of how I am involved in faith-based educational technology ministry.
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