“I don’t know what that is.”
Almost three years ago, I started a topic in this forum entitled,
"24 Things which are fast becoming extinct" http://www.dbstalk.c...ad.php?t=150630
One thing not included in that list, although it seems obvious now in retrospect, was the computer mouse. Isn't hindsight wonderful?
Today, columnist, Ariana Eunjung Cha writes in The Washington Post:
"(Students) who attend public schools here, are part of the first generation growing up with a computer interface that is vastly different from the one the world has gotten used to since the dawn of the personal-computer era in the 1980s."
From The Washington Post
Full article here
October 7, 2012
SAN JOSE — Swipe, swipe, pinch-zoom. Fifth-grader Josephine Nguyen is researching the definition of an adverb on her iPad and her fingers are flying across the screen. Her 20 classmates are hunched over their own tablets doing the same.
Conspicuously absent from this modern scene of high-tech learning: a mouse.
Nguyen, who is 10, said she has used one before — once — but the clunky desktop computer/monitor/keyboard/mouse setup was too much for her.
“It was slow,” she recalled, “and there were too many pieces.”
Gilbert Vasquez, 6, is also baffled by the idea of an external pointing device named after a rodent.
“I don’t know what that is,” he said with a shrug. ...