So, thing #7 is to blog about technology. Hmmm... that's a rather large topic, no? I feel pretty neutral about technology as a concept. It's neither good nor bad. I will say that I hate technology for technology's sake. I hate that Apple lures me in with its beautifully thin notebooks and impossibly small MP3 players. I hate that I want an iPhone. I hate that I have iPod envy every time I go to the gym--that suddenly my first generation shuffle looks so pathetic. And big. And white. I hate the smirk on that Mac user's face. You know the ones at Panera. Oh wait, sorry. I mean the ones at Cherry Street Coffee who have just come in off their bicycles after tending their organic herb gardens. And, I'm a crazy radical, tree-loving, feminist/socialist, but really. Don't they just bug you? But, I digress.
I guess what I love about technology is the people factor. I love that technology has the potential to bring people together. I love that I can chat in real time with Jennifer in Portland or Kim in Phoenix. I love that I can reconnect with friends I haven't seen in years on Facebook. As an educator, I definitely think that technology has tremendous benefits for learning. Students learning English can listen to podcasts
to learn vocabulary. The visually impaired have more assistive technology available now than ever before. People with learning disabilities can carry around speaking dictionaries that look like PDAs or reading pens that scan and read text.
I think the bottom line is that technology has to be judged on the benefits it provides rather than its cool factor. That's not to say it can't be both beautiful and beneficial together. That combination would be ideal. Maybe I DO need a new iPod--only so I could download books from TCCL. And, if I looked cooler at the gym that could just be icing.