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Sitting in the airport will be an activity I will repeat several times today (April18th) and then again in seven more days.
7 days away and 7 hours ahead of home
I haven’t travelled out of country in 13 years, but I love to travel to different places. My typical vacation and conference travel is to fly once or twice a year within the continental US, so this trip is both “normal” and new. I wish my guys could go with me, but this is a professional trip not a personal one. Albany to Dulles to Dubai to Doha – a trip that will give me an international look into my field of learning assistance and academic support, broadening my understand and expanding my professional practice. My goal, besides acting as an external reviewer and taking in the culture and city of Doha, is to spend the traveling parts of my trip being a tech observer as well as a tech consumer to connect with family and friends and colleagues during this week long excursion.
So, my observations begin with an initial inventory of the gate area in my home airport. All around me, people have tablets, laptops, e-readers, smartphones and access to free wifi here in Albany at 5am. There is an email saying we’ll be leaving 20 minutes later than planned (we actually leave an hour late), but no update on the digital display at the gate lets people know what’s going on. It’s getting crowded, and I find it amusing that people are jockeying for outlets. I too had scoped them out, and now a nice man has asked to share my outlet. I figured he would share the table while he charges his phone, but he left it and went back to sit with his wife. I find this odd. Let’s leave a really expensive iPhone next to a complete stranger and walk away around the corner. Sitting with his wife, I can’t help but hear her end of the conversation. She’s got her Dr. Dre Beats headset and is talking way too loud, chatting with him about an e-vite to a handbag party and how could he have left the house with the phone at only 68%. They are both in their mid-fifties. A quick scan of the people waiting at the gate gives me a glimpse into more tech use and the assurance that avid tech use isn’t limited to the under-30 set.
On the plane (where we sat for 40 minutes), I was surprised that we could have the small electronic devices out in airplane mode. I hadn’t thought to keep my phone out and was reading a paper book, but as my seat-mate had out both phone and laptop and is watching Hunger Games on the laptop and playing backgammon on his phone, I figured I could type more on this first entry. It truly is a marvel that we can travel in the air as we do, and I am so happy that I can have my phone out to take pics. The update to this post will happen after we land in Dulles and I reconnect to cellular data. Thank United for getting me started on this journey.
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This is the second time in less than 24 hours that I have been in the Albany Airport. Last night I returned from a three day trip to the United States Naval Academy to evaluate their Academic Center, and now I wait to leave for a two day trip to the NCLCA conference in North Carolina to co-present a post-conference institute on technology and learning assistance.I bring all of this up because I am not only aware of all the technology I am lugging around with me, but I am also hyper aware of what and how my fellow travelers are using technology.
I am quite intrigued by all of the technology that people have out and the uses going on around me. My first observation is more of a confession in that I am typing this entry on my Blackberry and will add my location to the post. Why, in part because I can and also because this is the first in my experiment with blogging as a model for my students and as part of my ongoing research and scholarly interest in communication and self-expression in the digital age. Adding the location is part of the social networking craze which is a bit narcisitic and self-indulgent, and just because I can. To my left is a 20 year old who logged on to his computer, and using the free wifi, submitted his homework assignment to Capella University. Having completed that, he has pulled out his Droid phone and is sending and email. Tons of people are yaking on their cells. Age and gender are not factors in the use. Texting is happening, and the irony seems to be mostly men in their 40s. A 50 something man is talking loudly to someone, and ended his call with “OK, text me when you get home.”. More folks on laptops surfing the web, sending e-mails and facebook. No Kindles or ipads visible, but there were several of those visible on my flight back from BWI last night. Another 20 something on his laptop with his ipod on and headphones in. Only one doing that at the moment. Younger folks are reading books or sitting quiet. The mix here is less than in Baltimore.
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Starting a blog seemed to be too much of a commitment. I don’t have the time to read all the things I want to read, so how could I possibly have time to keep a blog? I’ve rationalized this for a long time, in fact, I set up this site a year ago and never added a post. I blogged a bit when I was recovering from surgery a few years ago, but abandoned it after I went back to work. I came
Why bother now?
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