Educational television played a large role in my childhood, both at home and at school. Much as young children today often play with different Apps on iPads or iPhones, some of my first interactions with technology came from these shows:
Computer Labs and Typing
Later in Elementary school, we began using our Computer Lab time to learn how to type.
Not only did we play games teaching us how to use a keyboard at school, but at home my mom pushed for me and my siblings to learn typing skills as well. Both of my parents worked for IBM and used computers daily, so they recognized the importance of computer skills.
We played countless computer games online and from CD-ROMs every night
Right now, as I spend so much of my time in college typing up papers, I have come to really appreciate these skills.
Once I reached this age, I began using the computer semi-regularly to type up essays or assignments.
However, during 9th and 10th grade we still had to hand-write a number of assignments, because our 10th grade Writing Test had to be written by hand.
Some of our work had to be typed but our assignments in class were supposed to be hand-written. Our school did not have a classroom set of computers nor did each student have their own, so we switched between digital and hard-copy assignments.
I finally joined my classmates in becoming a smartphone owner and user. My days became filled with a number of new pastimes:
College Classes, College Lifestyle
At my student orientation over the summer, I got my own laptop- the first one I ever had that I did not have to share with my family!
In the months between Orientation and the start of school, I became attached to my laptop, mostly because of its ability to stream Netflix but also for the music, pictures, and other files that I could keep on there.
I had no idea how reliant I would become on my laptop once at school, for my near-constant need to access e-mail, Sakai, class readings, checking grades, and more. I still prefer to hand-write my notes in class, but I find myself using my laptop for hours every day.