It is the end of the September long weekend and for my generation it signified the end of summer and the start of a new school year. We were thinking of chalk, blackboards, books, paper and pencils; we called our friends on the phone to make plans to meet up at recess or lunch.
On this long weekend, I was lucky to be able to spend it with my niece and three nephews visiting from Manitoba. For them the September long weekend also means the end of summer and the start of a new school year, but I watched as they tweeted, texted, facebooked and skyped their friends back home making plans for their first day back to school. They were talking about programs, apps, ipods, it was all about “the latest and the greatest”. It made me realize that although I feel comfortable in my technical knowledge and capabilities, I am not even close to the comfort level that my nephews are with their laptops, phones and technical gadgets. My nine year old niece is a Down’s syndrome child. She is going into grade 4 this year and will be using an IPOD to communicate to friends and teachers. She is excited to use the computer to complete her school work and she can work the DVD player much better than I can.
Today I learnt that in this technically fascinating world we will always be changing, we will always be growing, we will always be learning….and that is ok!
My name is Brenda and I have been part of Parkland School Division for the last 30 years, first as a parent of four children who graduated from Parkland and then as a employee for the past 13 years. I work at the Centre for Education and I am the Executive Secretary for the Board of Trustees. I love travel, showing my creative side with cross-stitching and BBQ’s with family and friends.