It all started with an Apple 2GS in the mid to late 80’s. I remember my mom struggling to get this computer out of the back of her car and into the living room. My sister and I were not really sure what a computer was, but we felt very fancy as we typed up our assignments, accessorizing them with clip art and other technological bedazzlements.
When I was off to college, my dad bought me a computer -some kind of custom-made Windows computer…it had 1 GB of memory and must have been crazy expensive at the time. The university had asked us to bring an Ethernet card with us, and upon arriving on campus, a tech-savvy upperclass hooked me up to something called “the Internet” and gave me an “e-mail” address. I, at the time, had only seen the Internet at a wealthy friend’s home, which involved a very loud AOL dial-up. So, I sat at my computer, having no one to e-mail and no clue what I was supposed to find on “the Internet”… but, I caught on quickly.
After that, I had a series of
crappy not-so-efficient PCs – the latest of which managed to delete its own hard drive. Having sub-par tools makes it difficult to get work done, especially when your job is to produce masses of documents and teach students about technology integration. About 2 years ago, I slowly started the shift to Apple products…
It started with the iPhone 3S, when it was $49 at ATT, and Verizon decided to charge a data fee on my ancient phone that I didn’t even know could access data.
Then, the university granted me an iPad 2 as part of a small technology initiative, an act that has transformed my teaching (as well as my late-night routine – Hello! Social media overload!).
And today, my dear husband bought me a MacBook Pro, after watching me curse one too many times at my PC. I’m officially a convert. Four hours with this baby and I can’t imagine how I ever lived without. Thanks honey!