Puppies and software April 30, 2006Posted by Michael McVey in Online Tools.
It has been an interesting week for us. Last week I put out a call to some friends who raised dogs and asked they had any puppies available. Without even replying to my e-mail, the breeder sent my message to somebody else who, it turned out, did have a puppy available.
After performing a series of searches on the Internet for a dog similar to the one who died last January, Peppy, we finally found just the right dog in need of a home. On Friday, we brought Dalai home for the first time. Since she is a Tibetan terrier, my daughter and wife decided to name her Dalai, like the Dalai Lama. However, in this country, we hear Dalai mistakenly pronounced as Dolly, so we have named this little dog Dalai and will pronounce it as Dolly.
For what I have heard from several of the readers of this blog, they often wonder how I am going to turn some insight into my life into something to do with educational technology, aside from finding the dog through Internet connections. To my way of thinking, adopting a technology or adopting a dog are sometimes very similar experiences. I have access to Dreamweaver and many other Web design tools, but I prefer to use FrontPage to all of the others. Right now, that software suits my lifestyle, my work habits, and my needs. Therefore, even though one software package might be wildly superior to another, I am prone to sticking with a tool I know and can use very easily.
When a professor sends a job my way that requires the development of a web site or a survey, it takes me almost no time to do the job. Well, it certainly takes time, but the amount of mental labor required to complete the task, is very small indeed.
Just like getting a new dog, one fits the existing dog door and fits our lifestyle already. It may be her size or her disposition but, like software, I stick with whatever it fits my lifestyle as well. This phenomenon may very well explain why some teachers do not use certain software, make web pages, or use labor and time saving programs. It may be because they are simply used to doing things one particular way and not another.
Could it be that simple?