Saturday, January 25, 2014

Generation Google

Normally what occurs in my doctoral classes is like Vegas, only in the sense that what happens in our meetings, stays in the vault of the unrepeated.  At our first face-to-face Spring course session we were asked to recall our personal journeys with technology.  Aside from helping me feel very old, it was interesting to discuss how instant message and Google have played a large role in our educational experiences and lives. 

A while back there were some Google commercials that showed the protagonist googling advice on issues that include travel, dating and translating languages etc. I felt that this commercial, and others, encompass my digital history in so many ways. 


The Evil Word Processor

In high school, I used a ballpoint pen, typewriter and word processor to construct essays.  Rewrites in my honor classes became almost impossible until I befriended a guy with two computers at his house. When I left for college in the fall of 1999, my grandparents bought me an “e-machine” which is one of the worst computers ever produced but I loved it dearly.  Though I was an adult when I had my first personal computer, I was comfortable with technology before then.

Minors Stealing Passwords

There are two memories I have of using the Internet.  The first is coming to CSU, Bakersfield as a high school student and using the online search engines, specifically Lexis Nexis to research for debate.  Lexis nexis is amazing but as the internet grew, we would also use the campus computers to find research from a variety of sources.  No one taught us, high school debaters, how to use the search engines.

Gaming and then College

When it comes to my first interactions with the internet the second vivid memory is sitting in the living room of my best friends house, which is coincidentally now my husband, with a network port connecting all of the computers to play Diablo. This was in the mid 90’s and I can count on one hand how many people I knew that actually had the internet. 

At the start of the new millennium when I went to college I lived on “instant messager.”  Emails became like a virtual diary where things could be sent off into the virtual world.

Personal Learning Network

I have been married for 11 years and my very geeky partner is my PLN (personal learning community) when it comes to technology.  Over the years anything we might want to know and didn’t, we googled it.   I discourage my students from relying to heavily on google: I cannot imagine life with the ability to search through google. 

It was insightful to share my contact with technology with others. My favorite history of technology was by an artist who drew a visual representation of her journey as a means of sharing her story: I hope she posts the photos on her blog so I can share with you soon.

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Blogging Binge

My 4 online followers will be surprised to find that my neglected blog will receive an influx of posts over the next few months as part of a required graduate technology course.  The idea is to create an “educational leadership” blog to “enhance” my current professional life.  I am not sure that blogging for me can become a professional platform but I do know that blogs are a useful part of my existence.  

Those who know me virtually or in person know that I am a big ole’ geek.  I will attempt to show self-restraint by mostly excluding my favorite Buffy and Gaming blogs. 


As a Higher Education teacher, I find that blogs can humanize theoretical concepts through storytelling and images in a way that a textbook is unable to capture. The majority of blogs that appeal to me are feminist and popular culture writers with panache.


Some great male bloggers that have great cross-over and application in Communication and Culture include:

As an overworked student, I find that blogs can provide “life hacks” that help motivate, inspire and provide insight into practicality in cooking, organizing, exercising and motherhood.


This blogs, "100 Days of Gaming," inception was as an homage to my geek marriage and gaming; Today is our 11-year wedding anniversary so clearly we are doing something right.  With two kids and professional lives we have transitioned into more PG board games and less late night co-op gaming. 

The one thing I know for certain is that blogging is a huge time commitment.  It is great to interact with other people but it can also take on a life of its own and consume a writer in sharing how to live life instead of living it: Hopefully this binge and my blogging will find a balance between life and reflection.