Alright, I think you know this already, but just in case: I love technology. I can’t get enough of it. I am forever on my Apple PowerBook, e-mailing, blogging, chatting, working on my website, uploading and editing pictures, listening to music, organizing my files, and surfing the Internet. Just about the only thing I don’t do on the computer is play games, and even occasionally I can get hooked into The Sims or Myst or Sim City.
Both my parents and my stepfather (my mom and dad are divorced and remarried) worked for IBM their entire careers so I grew up in a technology rich household. We always had 3 or 4 of those old monsters lying around the house – no Macs though. We went to IBM family days every summer, Christmas parties in December, and I often went to my mom’s office to hang out with her. Computers were a very natural part of our lives. And, ironically, because of that, I actually hated computers growing up. It wasn’t until I got my first job as an IT intern in a middle school that I realized that, in actuality, the technology vibes had been seeping in all those years ago. It turns out that technology was actually my “hidden” passion, so I ended up becoming a technology teacher.
It was at that job that I started using Macs again. We had a lab of brand new Window’s PCs and one iMac. I staunchly refused to touch the iMac for the whole first year – what would I want with that thing? They don’t even let you do anything on a Mac. But, all it took was one teacher who used to consult for Apple to show me iMovie for about 5 minutes and I was hooked. I bought my first Mac about a year after that and I will never go back to PC. In fact, I did most of my job hunt last time around based on which platform the school was running, and that’s certainly going to be a major factor the next time I go recruiting.
I am always spending all of my free time trying to check out new tools and develop creative ways for implementing them in the classroom. There’s always something new with technology – that’s probably what I love most about it.
What is your digital life like?
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