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Discussion in 'Forum for Polls' started by horsegal16, Aug 5, 2006.
How many adults (over 30 yrs.) do you know of know how to IM, text message, e-mail, etc.?
What, you trying to call us old farts dumb?
I'm a Grandma and I consider myself and all of my friends "Tech-Savvy Adults".
You must be very young to think that intelligence declines as one gets older... :laugh:
My current position in education is a TIS (technology integration specialist). I am to assist teachers with learning how to integrate technology into their curriculum. But my #1 enemy is "age" or technology frustration.
First, most of the teachers I work with are 40 or older. With these teachers I have to battle against the idea of "well I've done it for years this way...why should I change?" For instance, our county recently adopted a new program that is an online gradebook. It allows the teacher to keep a traditionally type of record keeping while allowing the program to automatically sync itself with the state grading system and allow parents to access their child's grades at any time. Many of the teachers I have tried to help with this refuse to do it or are doing it plus the old way.
2nd, many teachers, no matter the age, become apathetic to the use of technology because of the many glitches you can encounter. My teachers will experience maybe a frozen program or a printer that needs reset, and that will turn them off to all technology forever.
Are you talking about Gradequick and Edline? We use that in my school district. Very easy to use. I also keep backup records on paper because of those glitches which have lost lots of information in the past.
Yes, lots and lots.
I work in a large organization, you'd know the name if I said it, that employs thousands of people in IS, most of whom are over 30.
I have 2 guys in my church one is close to 80 and the other is 82 and they probably know as much if not more about computers than anyone else in our church.