Our children are growing up in a different world. As a child of the fifties my parents experienced the introduction of cars, aeroplanes and black and white silent movies.
My generation after the Second World War still used Slide Rules and log books for maths (no calculators) but thanks to the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and other Pop Groups we had discos, flashing lights and electric guitars. We also had the bioscope (movies) where you always always dressed up, men in ties and women in long dresses. My Fair Lady was the first film I ever went to see and boy was it a special occasion.
How many of you remember the magic of the Polaroid camera? Take a pic and a couple of seconds later there it was printed out for you. Absolute magic. A huge upgrade from the Kodak Brownie Box which was invented in 1900. Now almost every phone has a high quality camera as standard.
Television only came to South Africa in the late 1970’s and then came video.
A whole new world exploded upon us. The Agricultural and Industrial revolutions had been slow and methodical compared to the Technology Revolution which has truly made our world a global village.
My children's world, the 80s and 90s, was vastly different to the one I grew up in. The world where they are bringing up their children is exciting, challenging but also terrifying and changing at the speed of light.
Around the world Educational authorities are grappling with the fact that current teaching methods are outdated and irrelevant. You don’t need to spend hour learning facts off by heart. If you want to know something, you Google it. You don’t need to learn complicated formulae. Your cellphone has them all programmed in for you.
Instead these days we need to teach our children the importance of being able to think critically, express opinions, be innovative and to be able to function in a very culturally diverse world.
I created Braving Technology because I am passionate about people, communication, education and … of course technology. I don't have all the answers but I can certainly point you in the right direction for the help you need if I can't.
I want to help those who know they need to become technology competent but are afraid to ask questions because their spouses and/or children have told them they are stupid and too old to learn.
So I look forward to sharing your journey with you.
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