Digital Conversion: it's coming… are you ready?

Ryan found his link on YouTube and every time I see it, I giggle.

For those of you like me who have octogenarian parents who are slowly moving into the digital age, this video will ring oh so true (my siblings and I just introduced our dad to gmail, with sketchy results). And trying to keep my mom off a ladder? Oh man…it’s not easy.

Alas, I know that there are many centers and many classrooms for whom this conversion is going to be problematic. Old handed me down equipment that has been cobbled together to help learning happen is a reality in many schools. I can only hope that our readers in language technology land who face these challenges in February 2009 (with or without safety scissors) with the same chutzpah that this dear woman displays.


Barbara is a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at a small liberal arts college in Maine. Rumor has it this was also her alma mater. She used to work for a small liberal arts college in the cornfields of Ohio for almost 20 years as a teacher and language center director. Prior to these adventures in higher ed she taught high school Spanish and loved it. She wishes she had more time in her life to play with her dogs, write, read, swim, do yoga things and making stuff out of clay. To see her online portfolio please click here!

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