The recent wind storm in Wichita Falls did something horrible. It knocked out the tower that beams my internet service to the little modem that sits by my bay window- very disheartening. It is times like these that I realize how much of a role technology plays in my existence. I am specifically speaking of communication technology.
On my computer is a small program that downloads the latest weather information for me by the moment. It is only offline if my modem is offline. Each morning before I go to work I have the ability to pull up my personal weather center and figure out exactly what I need to expect in the way of temperatures.
When I arrive at school, the first thing I always do is turn on my computers. As a ‘modern’ teacher, I have never had a ‘lesson plan book.’ All of my lesson plans have always been done on computer. My grades are also on computer. In fact, never have I had to manually figure grades for my students.
My student’s projects, homework assignments, and a good portion of class work are delivered via computer. I have a continuous power point presentation that runs in my room informing my students of various important things that concern my class.
My ‘overhead’- the things that used to only project black-line masters- is connected to my LCD projector and classroom laptop computers to display images and streaming video from the internet for various lessons and topics that are being discussed where technology can provide some aid.
In fact, today we used our graphing calculators with my screen displayed on the wall for any student who might not know exactly what to do or how to do it.
All of that is only half my day. Then I come home…
I check e-mail messages, work on Sunday school lessons, and children’s church lessons all on my computer. In fact, I don’t think I have ever hand written a message for any type of lesson I was doing outside of school either.
I pay my bills using my computer, keep up with local and national news using my computer, and a host of various other activities. Tonight, right before I go to bed, I will most likely watch a ‘webcast’ of the NBC Nightly News from MSNBC.
To think what I did without a computer is absolutely mind boggling. However did I survive? O well, regardless, the tower has been repaired, (Thank God!) my service has been restored, and my over tech-ed life can continue uninterrupted… for now anyway.