There’s this practice going around where people post old pictures of themselves on Thursday, called “Throwback Thursdays”. I figured, hey? Why not? Not all of my old pictures are hilariously embarrassing.
Plus, I have one that goes well with something I’ve been turning over in the back of my mind for a while.
|I’m the whippersnapper being read to.|
When I was in the sixth grade, I was enrolled in the optional keyboarding class. Since I was struggling more with my dyslexia then than I am now, the teacher would read the letters to me, and I had to type them on the keyboard.
I remember being very resistant to the idea, since it was such a vastly different way of writing than I was used to. In fact, the only reason I was smiling was because it was a newspaper photographer taking my picture.
Yes, everything I do is a big deal!
Actually, I think it was just some human interest story in one of those freebie papers you find by the doors of some stores. I don’t remember the article, if there was one, but we kept the picture.
Anyway, I’m glad I learned how to type relatively early on. In those days, personal computers were just hitting their stride, and kids who worked on computers were considered ‘nerds’.
It’s a little mind blowing to think of how popular the technology has become and how they’re used by almost everyone from a very young age now.
When I think about their impact on the lives of those of us with dyslexia, folks on the autism spectrum and others in the neurodiversity community, I feel rather encouraged.
Because I’m dyslexic, here are some advantages I can think of off the top of my head –
- Spell check
- Typing – it’s far easier than writing by hand
- Ability to change monitor brightness and document background color
- Speech to text technology
- Text to speech technology
- Computerized audio books
- Ease of communication with a wide variety of people
- Easily accessible information
- Video and other forms of visual tutorials
- GPS (Some models, anyway.)
Of course, computers do have their drawbacks, but overall, this technology has changed the world for the better for so many people.
While nothing can take the place of face to face interaction and physical learning, using tools like computers and the internet can enrich the learning process when used to supplement other effective teaching methods.