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Nov. 19th, 2004 @ 09:16 pm Things I think about
When I was a kid, I remember learning in school to know my address and phone number, so that if we were lost we could tell it to a police officer or other responsible party so we could get home safely.

Nowadays, kids have to know their phone number, their address, their mom's cell phone, dad's cell phone, mom's work number, dad's work number, mom's email, dad's email, mom's work address, dad's work address, and maybe their grandparent's info. And all those phone numbers are 10 digits, not 7 like back in my day.

Then again, I guess they just put it all in their Palm.
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From:mineral2
Date:November 19th, 2004 07:52 pm (UTC)
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or their own cell phones. We had a group of 2nd graders in here last week and a few kids had their own cell phones on them. New Jersey, The Garden State The Cell Phone State.

Interesting note. It took me several months to remember my phone number when I first got to Drew because I never had to call it. I had to learn it to give it out to clubs and organizations.
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Date:November 20th, 2004 10:04 pm (UTC)
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Most kids at The School carry cell phones. Probably above the average set of grammar school kids, but it's interesting - they depend on technology so much that when a colleague of mine and I described to the kids how we used to write our essays by hand, they couldn't even fathom it - who would ever hand in something that was HAND WRITTEN??? The tech department keeps fantasizing about turning off all the technology for a day and making the kids think about ways to work around it - figure out the stuff we took for granted. Like pens, paper, and the card catalogue.

However, that idea would be nixed in a second. Most teachers become paralyzed from teaching anything the minute their computers aren't working.