Monday, November 30, 2015

What to My Wondering Eyes?

It has been a couple of weeks since my last post seems like November came and went and I believe I missed it!  My inspiration for this week was a trip to the movie theater.  I have been wanting for 497 days to see the final installment of the Hunger Games trilogy.  My husband and I ditched the kids for a date night.  I had read the books over and over, seen the other movies many times micro analyzing and as we stood in line for tickets to the second part of Mocking Jay I had no idea what was in store.  After we purchased tickets we moved down the line to refreshments.  I was handed the drink cups and asked  if I wanted butter on my popcorn.  Ooh! ahh, no big surprise yet...that's when it happened.  I saw the drink machine.  Now, I must interject here that I am from a very small Midwest town and things get to us a bit after the bigger cities.  This was one of those things.  I was in charge of popcorn my husband the drinks. After I got the popcorn I turned to see my husband looking confused.  

"Where do I get ice?" he asked.  I looked and before I could experiment a young kid says, "just push your cup there", pointing to the lever in the dispenser.  ( small town) Then the lights flashed and the drink selections began. "What do you want?" He asked me.  I said, "I want Diet Coke."  Well then he pressed Diet Coke an tons of flavor choices popped up.  
"What kind?" He asked again.  "Regular Diet Coke" was my reply.
Then it was his turn.  He chose Coke and then many flavor choices came up. 
"This is nuts!" He said. "I just want Coke", the best part was him talking directly to the machine as if it understood.   

I have to say that was pretty cool.  But there was more to come.  I sat watching the previews and noticed that graphics on the screen were so amazing. A 3D quality without the glasses.  Crisp, clear, picture with a sound quality that literally made the hair on my neck stand.  These are the times random thoughts start swimming in my head.
Is this what my parents thought the first time they had cable color television?  Or what my grandparents thought the first time they same a television screen illuminated with life.  It stuck in my head and I started thinking about all the technological advances just since I was a child.  The Coke machine was sweet, I remember when we got the fountain pop machine in a gas station that we could do ourselves, I remember having soda pulled on a soda bar as a little girl in a pharmacy with one of the last working soda bars in the state.  What a difference in just 40 years.  
So I start thinking of my firsties and all of the advances that they will witness.  The things that their wondering eyes will behold, just like myself in front of a soda fountain that can make any flavor I want by simply pushing a button.  The awe I felt looking at the "magic" of it all.
The best part was my husband looking at me and saying," of all the choices we could have had wasn't it funny that we both chose the regular, the one we know and are used to?"  I thought about it. It is like my students they like to have the choice there but they usually choose the the choice they know, but they have the choice.  So within the "regular" apps we use I am showing them some "magic" and awesome within those apps that will give them the choice to choose a different way to create.  Even if they choose the safe and "regular" way I will know they had the choice, and I think that will be the thing to keep the wonder and excitement and a sense of adventure with our new technology.


  1. My kids love those fountain machines! They are pretty amazing. :)

  2. I need a how it works video... Do you have one?