I have never really considered myself to be technologically challenged. I've always found it somewhat amusing and endearing to watch someone struggle to work a DVD player. During practicum I walked over to try to help another teacher get the DVD to play. I looked from the machine to her and asked, “Did you turn it on?” Problem solved! Similarly, my dad has a great deal of difficulty with the remote. Of course I’m sure many of his problems would be solved if he would just put on his glasses, but that’s beside the point. We got one of those “universal” remotes a few years ago that you then program to work your TV, DVD, VCR, etc. For some reason he can’t quite grasp the fact that he needs to first push the button that corresponds to the machine he wants to use. Alas, he generally needs to ask for help if he wants to use something other than just the TV.
Despite the fact that I often giggle over others’ trials and tribulations with technology, the initial steps of creating this blog were infuriating for me! I no longer have a cell phone, something I surprisingly find quite refreshing. Yet I apparently needed a cell number or a house number the first time I tried to set up a gmail account in class. Fair enough, I figured, I’ll just do it at home later on. Success, I got my gmail account set up! Alright, on to step 2: create a blog. Well I thought I created a blog, but for some reason mine looked different than everyone else’s. Gah, why can’t I change my colours? Mine looks so boring! It only took me four days to realize I had actually just created a user account on blogspot, and hadn’t set up my own blog at all. So, five days later I believe I have finally, truly found success…. I’m sure I will find out whether or not this is actually the case in class tomorrow. I guess in some ways I am technologically challenged after all!