Skip to main content

How do households manage without a computer nowadays?

This is NOT our study!
We used to have two computers in this house. Actually, let me restate that; we used to have one computer and a boat anchor in this house. Then the boat anchor up and died on us, so now we have one computer. I consider us to be quite fortunate to have this one computer, I know many families don't have any computer. This makes me wonder how they manage, though.

For the final quarter of last year I put a ban on our children using my computer because their father's computer had died as a result of a deadly virus collected online, and I was in the final throws of finishing my thesis (I'd already had one PC and one laptop die during the course of the degree and was quite paranoid about this one solitary remaining computer) and couldn't risk losing all my data and my only workhorse.

Since getting my results, I have allowed them back on my computer for homework research and to do Mathletics. There have been some disgruntled grumblings from at least one of their teachers over the lack of their Mathletics participation last year, and their lack of access to a computer for projects sent home overnight as well, and this has me wondering how families with children in formal schooling cope without a computer.

Dave also, on a daily basis, needs access to the computer to check for job vacancies, send off job applications and to check his email in case he is asked to come in for an interview.

It seems this society very much expects every family to have a computer and internet connection.

Erik came home yesterday and told me the school is setting up a social network for the students to access homework, chat to each other about schoolwork and submit schoolwork (we haven't heard anything from the school itself and Erik sometimes gets the wrong end of the stick, so we'll see to what extent this is all true). I understand how this might inspire children to do homework, and how this can mean children don't have to miss out on homework if they are away - I'm sure they'll love that - but really, I don't want my children online that much.

As it is, Erik seems to need to be on Mathletics every day. Luey and Bryn also have Mathletics accounts and when I looked at Bryn's there was five sets of tasks, ending in a test for each set, which seems to be organised in such a way as to do one set per school day (possibly I'm misunderstanding this, it may not be strictly required, simply encouraged).

What do families who don't have computers or internet access do?

If so much homework is being done on a computer, what happens to "on paper" practice? I noticed when Erik was doing division and multiplication of large sets of numbers, he was trying to do it in his head because Mathletics doesn't allow for "working it out" within their program. This was counterproductive to Erik building maths self-esteem because he was forcing himself to guess the totals - and often guessing them incorrectly. Yet the site doesn't encourage children to work the sums out on paper and then enter the totals online.

Writing up assignments on the computer and printing them out does not exercise handwriting - and we still have a great need for legible writing in society today (unless your an MD, of course).

If I allowed the children on the computer each day to do one set of Mathletics each, they'd each be online for up to 45 minutes (this is how long it took Bryn to work through one set today). With research for other projects, or typing up projects, I can see the entire after-school-until-bedtime period being about fighting over our only computer.

Are we supposed to have several computers in the house? Is that what other people do? Between Dave looking for work and sending of applications (which seems to take him hours) and the boys needing to so much online homework, I'm really not getting much time to settle into any kind of writing. I can't see how other families without a computer or internet access manage in this day and age?

Comments

ryivhnn said…
Looks like my study, but not so many computers in one space ;)

Perhaps you need to practice your handwriting to get any writing done :P

Seriously, I don't think some places consider logistics.

Popular posts from this blog

12 Things Happy People Do Differently - a self-reflection...

A few days ago a Facebook friend posted the above poster on her wall. I believe she got these points from this blog which she enjoys reading, and the bloggers on the Marc and Angel Hack Life blog derived their discussion of these points from this book, available on Amazon - you're welcome! I have to admit, I haven't read the blog or the book I've just mentioned but wanted my readers to have access to the sources of the poster for their own reflective purposes.
The New Year will be upon us in but a few days and I thought this a great opportunity to do a little personal assessment on how I'm playing the happy game. I'm often not very happy at all - I don't need to be happy all the time, let me just say that up front - I personally believe that life is a balancing act and those who seek euphoria often will also often feel desolation because in all things there must be balance. The great riches of the few on this planet come at the personal cost of the many as is …

The symbolism of elephants...

Just recently I've been seeing and noticing elephants everywhere!

A few weeks ago I saw the Samsung Elephant Ad, and watching that led me to watching a video with an elephant painting (seriously, you have to watch it to believe it!).

Then last night the boys told me they were having a free dress day at school to raise money for 'Mali the Elephant' - who turned out to be a paper maché statue which the children will paint and then show around the council before it comes back to the school to stand outside the performing arts room.

Then this morning I followed a link from Twitter to Toushka Lee's blog and read this post about an elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka.

This morning the Grumpy Old Man did another driving test and unfortunately didn't pass. We've booked his next test and are looking forward to that now. About ten minutes before he walked in the door I saw this poster on Facebook...


At the time, I didn't know if the Grumpy Old Man had been successful or …

Do you have low self-esteem?

I don't.

I used to think I did, but having met several people who really do have low self-esteem, I've now come to realise I actually have low confidence (and note I don't say low self-confidence, but more on that later), and that is a different breed of animal all together.

I was having a chat with a friend the other day about people who constantly put themselves down. If you are a participant in social media you might be aware of this kind of person. Everyone is smarter than them, prettier than them, more motivated, better organised, or has greater talent than them. It goes further, some of these people are not at all opposed to running themselves down to others with comments like, 'I'm so fat' (and not in a proud, fat acceptance way, but in a negative, self-loathing kind of way), or 'I'm stupid' or 'I'm ugly'.

Some people are just fishing for compliments, of course, but the ones who persist; the ones who simply cannot take a complimen…