A slate…would you believe I used a slate and a slate pencil. Many readers would not even have heard of it.
And what reminded you of that… I hear you ask?
Every now and then
some little thing (OK a big thing) comes up to ensure you realise how
life has slipped past and how much the world has changed.
I am currently doing a program ‘Get Up To Speed’ which you could sum up as being web and social media based. It is definitely a challenge and stretching me in all directions…and one such stretch happened last week.
Included in our weekly lesson was a YouTube video by Erik Qualman
‘The Social Media Revolution’
Erik talks about many things that have been… and then been superseded. I have included the link; you may find something that even surprises you or that you had forgotten about.
Would you believe ‘tablets’ are being issued to children at kindergarten? Now that should not surprise me, as my two young granddaughters 5 and 2 have one each. The 5 year old about to become 6…and 15 in her head…is very proficient and forever organising me…
The flexibility and dexterity of her little fingers…and her command of using the features are amazing.
It was not till I saw the video clip that I started thinking…Wow! When I started school I used a slate and a slate pencil and that scruffy rag that smelled disgusting to wipe it clean and then start over.
My next thought was… where will I find a photo of one of those? Of course Mr Google was very obliging…and here it is!
It seems incredible in today’s world that such a basic tool was used in schools. Now I know we mature people shouldn’t go on and on…but I will!
I also sat on a stool with no back and had the privilege of Miss Lowe…a truly wicked huge frog eyed monster of a teacher (she wasn’t my favourite…can you tell?) come and jab me in the back with the end of a ruler if I dared to slouch. It sounds and was absolutely archaic…
It was not that long ago…hang on… I just counted … eekkk yes it was…60 years ago! Where have the years gone?
So we have the slate of yesteryear, the tablet of today...what will the next 60 years bring? The mind boggles.