Thursday, March 6, 2014

Modern Day Computer Warriors

Talk about being hip with the times, we are moving into the 21st century in this household. Our kids still think we’re living in the dark ages in terms of technology, and in certain ways, that’s true. The reality is, like it or not, computers and technology are ingrained in our culture, and you can choose to ignore/reject it, but that puts you at a disadvantage in terms of being a fully functional in today’s world. This is especially true for young people. As cynical as I am about texting and all that smartphone obsession, and I don’t like seeing young people ignoring the world around them to check their devices, that’s sort of the world we live in. And while I don’t think you have to buy into it wholeheartedly, I also don’t think it’s beneficial to reject it completely.

With that in mind, we are gradually moving more and more in that direction. I still use a bare-bones Tracfone, which works fine, but my brother gave me his old iPhone, and I’m trying to familiarize myself with it, which is not that straightforward. There’s way too much going on with that screen.

Secondly, I want the kids to be comfortable with computers. They are definitely interested, and there are some amazing resources online for them to learn. Computer science is the way of the future, no question, and it also helps the kids have some balance in a world where we are surrounded by people obsessed with hockey. It’s hard not to give into it, a little, but we have to keep in mind it’s just a game. We’re here to have fun, right?

Finally, they like computers. What kid out there doesn’t? I am not a fan of playing video games or watching Youtube, but I do think it would be nice for our kids to be interested in programming, or some sort of computer science. Even designing video games would be cool, as long as they didn’t spend all day on them. That, for the record, is not going to happen.

Just FYI, I also upgraded my operating system on my computer, which was not something I thought was even possible. Just goes to show you, you never really know what you’re capable of until you try.

Now that my computer has entered the new millennium, I can operate more advanced software, including ones for designing “apps” and games. This should enhance our computer learning capabilities while moving us forward in terms of being computer-competent members of society… sort of.

Until the next time, thanks for reading, and thanks to Joe Lares for the pic.

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