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To be very honest, it would be rough. I've grown accustomed to having the information and technology here at my fingertips. To exist without it would be very disconcerting. If I knew it was only for a day, I don't think it would be that big of a deal. But if it all were to disappear or be unavailable and I had no idea when or if it would return, I would have to "re-learn" how to complete many tasks.
It wouldn't be much different than it was for me as a high school student. I typed all my papers way back in the stone ages on typewriters with carbon paper...can you believe that? I graduated in 1986. It wasn't THAT long ago.
Of course, last week, we had three days with no access to the internet because of a virus protection company scare. The local TV station actually came out to do a story about how we had to revert to "old school" teaching methods. Ha! So, yes, we used the whiteboards more, the old fashioned overhead projectors, and more paper hands-on manipulatives than the interactive smartboards, but we got through it with very few scars.
My students marvel how I don't carry a cell phone. I refuse to do it. I like not being hounded by something beeping at me or ringing 24/7. Call me old-fashioned, but it's more difficult to stop and smell the roses and enjoy the daily blessings around us when we are so distracted with the most up-to-date Ipad, Iphone, or some other gadget.
This is a day in the life of a mother with children under 5. Once my summer begins and I'm a full time stay at home mom, I'm lucky to have a chance to sit down and check email even once during the day.
It's always an adjustment at first, but very quickly the computer/TV/radio INFORMATION life is quickly forgotten - and wonderfully, every summer I realize that I'm actually living QUITE WELL without it. New priorities come to the top of my importance list and I love the sense of freedom it brings.
It would be like my life 20 years ago! All of thes technologies are really quite new. It was definitely more difficult to find information, and the speed of communication was much slower. But it was what we had, and what we were used to. It is amazing hw quickly the change has come.
Although I am practically addicted to the Internet (working on eNotes, fantasy baseball, selling on eBay, Facebook, etc.), I actually enjoy a day or two away from it once in a while. My PC is down, and my laptop needed some work recently, so I had about five days without Internet access at home. That's a bit longer than I prefer, but a break for a day or two is actually quite peaceful.
This just might be a piece of heaven. Don't get me wrong, I am as addicted as everyone else. I use it for organization, teaching, commuicating, managing accounts, working... just about everything I need to make my life easier...
But is it really making my life better? Is the time I spend with my children spent better because of technology? Are my compassions and sympathies and abilities as a teacher most demonstrated through technology? Sadly, no. I am human. My best performances as a person are done within my own range of ability as I have been gifted in my humanity. My students love my character, not my powerpoints or how well I update my personal website.
It would probably be a great day, one in which my relationships would thrive and my business would take an appropriate back seat for a short time.
Being a teacher I would find it very difficult. Everything at school is done using a computer these days-grade books, attendance, communication, etc. I would be lost without a computer. Even when I do not have a computer readily available I still have my Blackberry so I am always able to check email, etc. I honestly wish I wasn't so dependent on these things.
I am one of the few people who has no wireless technology other than the laptop I'm using right now. But having no internet would be very strange indeed.
First of all, I get all my news off the internet. If I had to go a whole day without using the internet, I would have no idea what is going on in the world.
One word... Chaos. I probably would be able to buy nothing since stores won't be able to take my card then there's the fact that the only money I would have would probably be in the bank. Which I will not be able to get to because the atm will not be working. Since my phone also relies on the wifi to make calls I probably would not be able to make any type of call I case of and emergency. Then there is enotes how will I be able to do enotes? I need to help students with questions it's a given.
One time, my laptop broke and I had no cell-phone for 3 months because we couldn't afford to buy or replace things like that. So for 3 months I was obviously left without the internet or technology. I spent more time outside of the house, playing sports with friends, and hanging out with my family members more. I got to see the outside world for myself and we even went traveling outside of our city for a bit. I even went back to my passion of drawing and painting. So it wasn't all that bad at all if you isolate yourself from technology.
Internet and wireless are two different things. With the kind of life I lead, there can be days in a row, particularly when I am travelling on a holiday, when I do not use the Internet. But to live in the world today without being impacted by wireless is rather difficult. While radio, TV, and cell phones are very obvious applications of wireless, the remote control we use for so many devices also uses the wireless technology. In view of such widespread use of wireless technology, I will need to take special care to ensure that I do not use this technology.
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