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It’s Never Been Easier to Learn

posted Nov 19, 2018, 6:43 PM by Brenda Williams   [ updated Nov 19, 2018, 6:44 PM ]
It is crazy to fathom it will soon be 2019 … it is a wonder where time really goes. It seems the world gets faster and faster and time moves at breakneck speed. I can still remember the first time a wise, elder person told me that time never slows down and just goes faster as you age. I remember not believing that at all. As I’ve aged, I can’t help but think about how right they were. Our world moves faster and faster all the time. We’ve never had more conveniences, more things at our fingertips, more luxuries and more opportunities than we do right now. The element of technology has given us access to so many things we wouldn’t have had.

In community education, we promote lifelong learning. This learning takes place many ways through classes, performances, workshops and the like. There has been a shift in our world in regard to how we learn. The element of technology has literally put information on any topic we would ever want to know about, right at your fingertips. For example, have you ever been in a conversation where you and another can’t agree on some historical fact or something like it? Those conversations used to end with an eventual majority being reached and accepting that as correct. What happens now, somebody just says, “Google it!”

As recent as 20 years ago, it would have been unheard of for an elementary classroom to connect with a famous author from another state or even another country during a lesson. However, now a teacher can set up a meet and greet over the internet with the students all in the classroom and the author can be anywhere in the world! The power of technology and adapting our learning has led to countless ways we can enhance our lives.

As we approach the new year and find ourselves busy with everything that the onset of winter and the holidays throw at us, I challenge you to explore and embrace technology to learn something new. Watch a YouTube video on how to fix something in your house. Find an article that talks about something you are interested in. Seek out information about a new hobby that might be fun for you and your family. Learning should be lifelong, and it has never been easier to make it that way than right now.

 -- Rich Spiczka, Community Education Director