Technology has been a large part of my life since I was a child. In elementary school, all of the students were required to take a technology literacy class twice a week, where we learned about typing and basic computer functions. In kindergarten, my parents purchased a LeapPad, where I practiced reading and writing at a young age. This was my first hands-on experience with technology (let’s not forget the time I went onto ebay and purchased Crazy Bones on my mom’s account when I was six). My love for technology grew as I was getting older and as the years progressed, newer technology was becoming available. In fourth and fifth grade, all my friends began to receive their first cell phones. I received a Samsung Rogue around this time. It was a slide phone with a keyboard and at the time was the closest thing to a smartphone, other than iPhone and Blackberry. My sisters and I shared an iPod Nano where I jammed out to Bon Jovi and Aerosmith. I think that my early exposure to media at an early age makes me more tolerant to all the different forms of media that are being thrown towards me today from every direction. Technology is what exposed me to music and film. When I was a small child, I would listen to the Incredibles cassette tape every night before I went to sleep. From listening to the Disney soundtrack on CDs to playing Beatles Rock Band with my friends and family, technology help me form the passion and appreciation for music that I have today.
Technology also enhances my love for sports. It all began around age six, when I played a golf video game that plugged into the TV. Later on, I began to play other games including Wii Sports, MLB and NBA 2K, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour on the Xbox Kinect. MLB At Bat (phone app) allows me to look up stats, videos, scores, schedules, and anything else I could possibly want to know about baseball, which fuels my love for the game. Although I have always been a lifelong basketball fan and played since I was five, I only started to follow the National Basketball Association when my grandparents gifted me a copy of NBA 2K12. Playing the game taught me all the specific rules (like the 24 second shot clock and 3 seconds in the paint) and really allowed me to understand the technicalities of the game. Navigating through the different teams allowed me to learn the current NBA rosters, as well as some of the legendary teams of the past (like the 90’s Bulls and ’86 Celtics). Without this Xbox game, I would not have developed the love and passion for the NBA that I have today.
Technology has greatly improved my athletic performance. A phone application called Hudl Technique videotapes your sports movements and allows you to draw, narrate, slow down, and compare them to other videos. Using this technology, I was able to break down my mechanics step by step and transform myself from a benchwarmer to a leadoff hitter over time. I have been using Hudl Technique since I was in 1st Grade and it has made me a better baseball player. I find workout routines and stretches on the internet. I feel that we should take advantage of all of the information that is available at our fingertips. YouTube has given me the ability to re-live any sports highlight from the past and truly expanded my passion for sports.
I believe that being technologically literate today means that you have a basic understanding of using the internet, typing, programming, and taking care of your computer. While I am constantly online, I have very little computer literacy knowledge. My uncle on the other-hand, can literally build a computer with his bare hands. While it is impossible to fully understand technology, he has many technological skills and is probably qualified to work at a technical support center. I on the other hand just learned how to use WordPress to create a website about a month ago. I feel that basic computer knowledge should be taught in classrooms to better prepare students for future careers where these skills may become necessities.