Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 | Computer Usage
The rapid progression of technology was brought home to me when I read the following on a blog posting about free e-books this morning:
These books can be downloaded in multiple digital formats, including sometimes ePub and Kindle formats. This gives you the ability to read the works on the Kindle, iPad and other mainstream e-book readers. But the old fashioned computer will also do the job.
The part that jolted me was the implication of the last sentence!.
The days of viewing computers as high-tech are over! Portable devices are now the rage and many of them are as powerful – or even more powerful – than a PC or laptop. Some of them serve a specialised purpose such as e-readers; others are versatile, combining a cell phone, camera and all the normal computer functionality in one device.
Scores of learners on the African continent are walking with cell phones in their bags and the number of things they can do with them increase by the day. Sadly, many of their teachers are still in the BC (before computers) era, and some of them have started just recently using old-fashioned computers.
Teachers … do you read a lesson in this?