As I self reflect about myself as a learner in this digital culture, several random thoughts come to mind…mostly my frustrations and gripes. First off, as I thought of a title for this blog post, I had to think “what is the difference between ‘digital’ and ‘technological’? Is there a difference? Are these terms used synonymously?
I did look up the definition for “digital” through dictionary.com and found that the first four definitions were my understanding of the word. I also see this distinction because I tutor math; and when I see the word “digital,” I think numbers, math, and a calculator (which, I guess is a technical item…?) However, reading on, I can how it is similar and related to “technology” in the fourth and fifth definitions.
Second, I am extremely frustrated typing this blog right now because I am challenged with technology and especially Mac computers, which is what I am using right now. I am sure once I learn how to use it, then it won’t be so bad. However, the simple things of computer use that I am savvy with on a regular PC (Is that what it’s even called?…this is how clueless I am with technical jargons.) is so hard for me to figure out on this.
At first, I wanted to cut and paste something at the beginning of writing this post, but couldn’t figure out how to work the mouse (and still can’t). Why isn’t there a right and left click button for me to select “cut” and “paste.” I can highlight what I want, but then what… Then, I wanted to try out doing what the cool kids do and hyperlink the url to the “digital” definition page on the dictionary.com website, but, again, I don’t know how to work the mouse to cut and paste without having to look back and forth to type the actual address (wondering if I typed it correctly,…only then, having to try clicking on it to make sure it works).
Another mouse issue… I kept moving the curser to the right of the screen, looking for the scroll up and down button but couldn’t find it (or don’t know how to get it to pop up). I am just glad that, for some odd reason, I thought about using my fingertips to “scroll” on the mouse. (*rolls eye* seriously, who would have thought?)
I did have something else in mind to post initially, but after experiencing these digital/technical issues…#failing, it led me to blogging about all of this. Lastly, with all these mice issues, I was afraid to navigate away from this screen. At first, I thought “oh shoot, I don’t know what all these icons mean on this computer.” Which is the minimize screen icon? Which is the close/exit screen? Where is the clock to look up what time it is? (BTW: I still don’t know where any of these are located) What if I accidentally close it and don’t know how to open it back up, or have to retype everything and lose my train of thought. I almost scratched the idea of navigating around, but again…#playing around allowed me to explore, possibly fail, but in this instance, figure this part out at the very least (#onesuccess).
Side note: Ironically, I moved from using my (work) iPad tablet, which I also don’t know how to use very well; but I believe what little I know is what allowed me to navigate just a bit on this Mac computer, that is obviously not mine. Reason for switching iPad to this, I have trouble typing on tablets and prefer big screens. Another reason why I don’t really text on my iPhone. 🙂
Amusing side note to me: As my boyfriend got me set up on this computer and went to bed, he asked what I was doing. I replied that I am posting my blog. He asked “what’s that?” I replied “you know…, blog” as if he should, at the very least, know what the term meant. (LOL, cause I actually don’t) He then said, “I don’t know. I don’t do that stuff.” I then responded with my understanding of the word, which is to “write about stuff, kind of like journaling online, and for this class, we’re blogging about digital stuff.”
In a sarcastic tone, “oh man, I can’t wait to learn how to make memes and gifs.” Note to self, DO NOT use a Mac computer.