December 21, 2014

Already amazed at technology

Posted 3/17/10

My nearly 2-year-old daughter’s counting goes a little something like this: “One, two, three, four, eight, nine, ten, eleven, eighteen.”

Eighteen? Really? How did she get so far along?

I used to feel overwhelmed and amazed at her development over the first year of her life, but the second year is twice as unbelievable.

She’s starting to act more like an adult and less like the baby she once was. She can distinctly tell me what she wants, and she even tries to discipline other children when they act up.

She’s also familiar with something that I would have never understood at her age — computers. She might not know how to do much with them yet, but she already understands part of their functions — mainly, showing me which videos she wants to watch on YouTube.

Technology is just going to be a normal part of life for her, and it’s good to see that school districts in our county understand that. She has a few years left to go before reaching kindergarten, but it’s great to see that our county’s educators will do their best to stay on top of current technology and not give her an education that will keep her behind the curve.

I’ve had the opportunity to see a few of the elementary schools in the district in the two months that I’ve worked here so far, and I can’t believe some of the technology that exists for the students.

I think what really amazes me is that as early as kindergarten, children are learning to use computers. The school districts around here are really staying on top of the ever-increasing advancement in technology, and I think it’s important for us to recognize that and remain proud of our schools even through all the budget cuts.

I try to not pull the “When I was your age…” line — I’m way too young to do that — but what I’ve seen in the schools requires me to pull it out.

When I was in elementary school, the only things I remember doing on the computer were typing and playing “The Oregon Trail,” and those were things we did in fourth and fifth grade, not kindergarten.

Now, elementary school students are going on virtual field trips. They can interact with the person who appears in front of them on the screen. They can see so much more of the world than I could in my elementary school classroom.

The budget cuts aren’t helping, though, and I do hope that they won’t negatively affect my daughter’s education once she reaches school age. However, I also know that the school districts are doing everything in their power to keep their schools on track to produce successful graduates.

I know that my daughter’s education will continue to aid in her development, and she will one day get to the point where I just scratch my head and accept that she knows more than me.

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