Friday Photo: Digital Immigrant

Posted on October 8, 2011 by


Paul Mason Photography

Sometimes as I’m moving around in my day, an image gets stuck in my head that I can’t shake. Sometimes it conjures up a memory, a feeling, or provides an impulse to do something. Often, though, I just see something that I want to capture in my mind for no particular reason-it just speaks to me. I’d like to offer these images up for ‘thought contributions’-as a way to generate a community of ideas together.

Today’s photo comes straight from my uncle Paul’s portfolio.  I couldn’t have imagined anything better for my theme this week, as  I have come to the realization that I am not a digital native.

While I consider myself  ‘tech-savvy’, I have been humbled this week with the start of an online course on global education and the death of Steve Jobs.  Although a few years older than I, Mr. Jobs was definitely a digital native.  So it can’t all be about age…maybe there are levels of assimilation?  This course I’m taking has shown me that  I haven’t a clue how to attack digital text, do online mind mapping, or participate on online discussions.  I have quickly realized that I am a digital immigrant, and will have to learn a new language and customs to operate in this society…and I REALLY miss my old typewriter.

Are you a digital immigrant, too?  Can we ever break through the technology culture barrier?

Jennifer Wolfe

Jennifer Wolfe, a writer-teacher-mom, is dedicated to finding the extraordinary in the ordinary moments of life by thinking deeply, loving fiercely, and teaching audaciously. Jennifer is a Google Certified Educator, Hyperdoc fanatic, and a voracious reader. Read her stories on her blog, mamawolfe, and grab free copies of her teaching and parenting resources.

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Comments: 5

  • mamawolfe

    December 10, 2011

    Hi Michael Ann~technology is changing so fast…if you don’t keep up you get completely lost! It also takes time…but I”ve noticed that things are becoming more intuitive-remember DOS?
    Hi Inner Chick-I love how kids are hardwired to know how to approach technology-and they have no fear! What’s wrong with being a dork, anyway?

  • My Inner Chick

    December 9, 2011

    Oh, I have my boys help me with LOTs of stuff!

    A few years ago, I was like, “What’s a blog, Andrew? Can you help me put photos on facebook?”

    They think I’m such a dork! x

  • Michael Ann

    December 8, 2011

    It goes up and down for me depending on my needs! I can navigate the internet and write a blog, adding videos and links and graphics, and make it look the way I want. But my cell phone confuses me. I know I can learn things when I want to! I would be confused by what you had to do for your on-line class too. The world is moving ahead way too fast for my taste.

  • mamawolfe

    October 8, 2011

    Hi Dee~ Thanks for your honest comment! I’m realizing that even those that can use simple technology can be stumped…and it seems to me that our young (under 25) people are so natural with it. I really think it is interesting how those who are born into it grasp tech so much easier than those who are learning it as a new language!

  • Dee

    October 8, 2011

    Dear Jen, I am “technologically challenged”! That is to say that if the Olympics gave gold medals to those who have no technological vocabulary, those who fumble with the use of cell phones, those who do not understand the function of a blackberry or iPod, those who are unable to download free photos for their blogs, and those who can’t figure out how to get photographs from digital cameras into computers . . . then . . . yes then, I would win a gold medal.


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