One of my students told me yesterday that it was “weird” for me, a teacher, to have a Twitter account. Apparently, teachers are not supposed to even know what Twitter is. They are supposed to embrace everything that old fogies represent: conservative, bookish, and hating/not understanding everything that teenagers do.
I didn’t know if I should feel insulted or laugh at their ignorance.
Firstly, teachers aren’t relics y’know? We’re normal human beings who also work, eat, play and surf the Internet. And yes, we certainly know how to have fun. I don’t know when and how this skewed image of teachers came about, but the fact that students see teachers in this very foggy light is ludicrous, to say the least.
Then, there’s that matter of teens today not quite realising that people from my generation popularised the Internet. We were blogging before the term was even coined. We established the need for social media. And because we had to learn how to use it to our advantage, I feel we are a lot more adept. I’m not saying that all digital immigrants like myself are Internet-savvy, but we are certainly in the know. So, really, these so-called digital natives who were born into the Internet-age shouldn’t be thinking that this cyber domain belongs to them. If anything, they’re actually kind of invading this space we have created.
But we’re generous, so we’ll share. ;)
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Song of the Day
Something Pretty, by Patrick Park