A Blast of a Weekend

25 05 2012

 

 

I had a fantastic weekend last week. My Great-Nephew, Jack was here and was tons of fun. He’s going to be 4 in August and is already a little geek. He can zip through his mother’s iPhone like it’s an extension of himself. He actually knows how to use it better than she does! His favorite is “Angry Birds” and the boy is GOOD. He has 3-starred more levels than I have.

At one point I was showing him a video on the computer and when it ended he wanted to watch it again so he reached up and touched the screen trying to make it replay. I told him that I didn’t have a touch screen and he would have to use the mouse and he looked at it (and me) like we were from another planet. With great disgust he used the mouse to replay the video.

I love this next generation!

 





What Time is it?

12 05 2012

 

 

I had a very interesting couple of conversations with some friends of mine about clocks this past week. The first was with Michael, a Vietnam Vet I know who owns a little store. He gets teenagers in there constantly and they will ask him what time it is. He tells them the clock is over the door and they stare at it. He said sometimes they stare for 5 minutes before they ask him again, “What time is it?” It seems that they can’t tell time on anything that isn’t digital. I found that hard to believe. I mean granted I’ve reached my 40’s but I distinctly remember being a kid and having to do all sorts of worksheets with clocks on them.

 

Sometimes I had to draw the hands of the clocks to represent the time given. Other times I had to write down what time the clock was showing me. I had a digital watch and couldn’t understand why I needed to know that stuff (it turns out I was right about a lot of the stuff being useless and outdated but I’m still glad I learned it).

 

That led to my second conversation with Joy a 4th grade teacher. I asked her if they still had the clock worksheets. Joy has taught every grade from 1-6 so I thought she ought to know. She said that she hasn’t used those sheets for 20 years at least. It seems that learning how to tell time on a standard clock is no longer considered a necessary still. This despite the fact that standard clocks are still in use…oh everywhere!

 

As a result, many kids today cannot tell time unless it’s digital. No wonder so many of them are chronically late…..all those clocks and no one can read them…..