When I was younger… | MediaSmarts

When I was younger… | MediaSmarts


I’m at the age wherever I say, ‘when I was younger…’ or ‘back in my working day…’ far additional than I anticipated to and it’s usually about technological know-how. I really do not know when this transition transpired, but below I am. It just begun to arrive out. I now regularly regale the kids with tales of yesteryear as each era before me has done.  

When I share these stories it’s not often with a nostalgic sadness or a longing for a time that utilized to be. That is considerably from the case. I’m an Elder Millennial, a Xellennial if you want. I spent most of my large university studying about Netscape and the world-wide-web which for me, at the time, was generally a match machine and ICQ portal. Then I invested a lot of my twenties, and past, with all the world’s data in my pocket. It is a transition that has been interesting as I’ve noticed a good deal of new adjustments with technology above the yrs, for far better and worse.  

My eldest just lately used to put up-secondary education, a course of action that was totally on line, aside from the in-particular person information and facts sessions the university held.  

The transcripts had been uploaded by the superior school, the kinds loaded in electronically. The acceptances (yay!) were also despatched with a notification on the net.  

Again in my day… (see, I advised you!) we did it all through paper. Official submissions have been mailed off and we waited for what we hoped was a Big envelope crammed with an acceptance and a folder about the college and the upcoming time period. A scaled-down envelop probably meant a rejection letter. But I could be building that up too considering the fact that it was so lengthy in the past.  

There is some thing to be said about the present ‘instant’ procedure. It was quick, and other than refreshing e-mail and the portal to see if there was an update, you did not have to wait around to get the mail everyday. I assume this is a optimistic alter and just one that helps make sense. 

This is not the only place in instruction that qualified prospects me to carry up the ‘when I was younger’ stories. Now, the young children are pulling out laptops and PowerPoint to build displays as an alternative of bubble letters and slash-outs on Bristol board. Try to remember the bubble letters?! 

They are reviewing notes in Google Classroom and Term paperwork and distributing do the job just about solely on the internet with a several exceptions. I was happy to see printed study notes with colour coding recently becoming applied. I am a big believer in having paper copies and composing out some notes!  

All of this appears to be so diverse from our times of projectors and VHS stands.  

Each individual generation will have their personal tales, their possess methods of doing matters. There is space for all ordeals and to understand from each other or produce an knowledge many thanks to the discrepancies. 

I suspect if you are a mum or dad of a particular age, with kids who are older, you have your own ‘when I was younger’ stories that you share. Do they cling on your each and every phrase, or do you hear a faint whisper of ‘here we go again’ as you start out? Just wondering.  

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