We are always afraid about we don’t know and future is definitely unknown; that is why many people try desperately to grab the past, because is the only thing that brings them security. We can hear people saying: “Past time was always better”, or this one: “ Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: you find the present tense and the past perfect”, but the truth is that time runs forward and we have to move according to it, otherwise, we are taking the risk to be isolated in the past time.
I have a friend in Colombia, she is now 63 years old and she never touched a computer until her daughter came to live to the U.S.; she founded herself in the need to communicate in the distance and she learned how to use messenger, email and many other useful things. I mean, if my friend could everybody can!.
I believe the need makes us progress; slates were too little, so paper offered wider options; pencils were good and still are, but there are documents that should not be erased, so pens and ink were the solution. Nowadays, computers and Internet make our lives easier and their applications are infinite. It is our responsibility as educators get our students ready for the upcoming challenges, and in order to do that we have to be emotionally and technologically prepared. My plan for bridging the technology gap between “old school” and “new school” is to create in the students the need to learn, to propose them assignments which could be better developed using technology.