Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Old Black Magic

The problem with technology is, the moment it is "born" it is already starting to get old.  I have an old Singer sewing machine from the turn of the century before last.  It was probably made in the early 1900s.  That old lady still works.  She doesn't zig zag or do anything fancy, but she also doesn't use electricity and works like a charm.  On the other hand, I have a 4 year old laptop that is getting really old and will probably stop working one of these days.

At my job we don't have enough technology to go around, it gets hard use and turns old fast.  The teacher laptops that we had 10 years ago are no longer being repaired.  They are slow and clunky.  But, better than nothing.  Our kids have one to one technology with tablets, but when the device is left at home or broken they have none on none. So teachers use the old black teacher laptops to fill in.

We are fast becoming a world of haves and have-nots in technology.  As an old brain trying to keep up or catch up with the new stuff, I can tell you that it is harder to leap in than to learn as the technology develops. Newer faster shinier is always better.  But, when students have nothing, old and clunky is better than nothing.  I have around 80 old clunky laptops.  They are highly prized.  In fact, they are so special, I call them the Old Black Magic.  You can bet that in a 100 years these old black magic laptops will no longer be working.  Their time has already come and gone.

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