What Are the Latest New and Cool Electronic Gadgets?
I knew my teaching career had crossed over into new territory when a student asked if he could go outdoors to recharge his solar powered calculator. As with most technology, that seems very tame and outdated today. What with iPads, iPods, Kindles, iPhones, and worldwide wireless access to so many devices, I wonder why people even bother to speak to each other face to face. Can you remember when Dick Tracy’s two-way wrist radio was the most ridiculous gimmick in popular fiction?
When was the last time that you went a day without using your iPod, cell phone, computer, or television? You can't remember a time like that? Yeah, that's what we thought. Okay, not just us-- that's what the American Library Association thought when they launched Teen Tech Week.
Um, if you're already using electronic devices, why would you need a week to remind you to do that? You don't. You might enjoy seeing how the library can work with you to make your online experience richer.
This week, March 6-12, is Teen Tech Week. Many teens don’t know about the non-print resources available to them at their libraries and on their libraries websites. This week is aimed at getting that information out to the teens. Here is what the ALA (American Library Association) says about Teen Tech Week:
"Hi, Welcome to the library. How can I help you today?" says the cheerful worker.
"I'm so glad you're here, I need to buy a set of headphones." The next part of the conversation becomes like a STAT call in a medical emergency. Something about a class, a deadline, and frustration from the busy lady.
"I'm sorry; we don't offer headsets for purchase. Do you have any personal electronic devices in your purse?"
"No. Oh wait, I think I might. Yes, I do." As the customer digs through her purse she says, "I know it's in here somewhere...."
The front counter was busy, so I asked Mr. Library Patron if I could show him how to check out his selections at the self-checkout. "I don’t want to fool around with that computer stuff!," he grumbled. Although he did not look much older than me, I thought about how much he was missing out by not wanting to learn more about computers.
January is a great month for all kinds of new goals; it’s a month famous for resolutions. One resolution that is no doubt on many genealogists’ to-do list is to get organized. This is often easier written down than done. Organization can be overwhelming and, if left unorganized for long, can seem an insurmountable task. But have no fear! There are many free apps to help you reach your organizational goals.
Our branch manager, Cheryl, has just recently returned from being in Utah at RootsTech 2014, their fourth annual conference focusing on the cutting edge of technology in the genealogy field. I remember last year at this time when I took advantage of the RootsTech classes online and watched some of them live, providing me with new ideas and technology directions to “chew on” for months ahead.