21 May

Have you ever thought about how much  life has changed over the past 30 years? Do you know how  your parents spent their free time when they were your age? They had neither a PC nor a mobile phone. Hanging out with friends was real, not virtual.

Thirty years ago, Time Magazine named ‘The Computer’ its person of the year. Back then an average person didn’t even know what a computer can do. Below is the photo of the cover of that particular issue.

machine of the year

And here you can see what the first mobile phones looked like back in 1982:

motorola DynaTAC 8000X 1983

Nowadays life is changing even faster than in previous 30 years. It is not easy to keep up with all new inventions and gadgets that pop up every day.

Watch the video ‘Did you know’  I posted in September and answer these questions:

1. How do you feel about these changes? Do you find them thrilling or frightening?

2. Does the need for continual education and professional development scare you?

3. Do your teachers use new technologies in their teaching practice as much as they should?

4. Do you think school can prepare you for new challenges you are going to face?

5. Can you imagine what your children’s life would be like ? How much will it be different from yours?

By the way, if you want to see a satirical prediction of life without paper books, I suggest you see the film ‘The last bookshop’. Here’s the  link

And for those who never seem to find the time to watch a video without translation, here’s a cartoon on the same topic.



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