Today's technology moment came along when a student asked to use my phone. He had braces put on yesterday and wanted to ring up his father to ask that he bring him in some medicine for the pain. Using the teacher's phone can sometimes prove to be a little confusing since most kids don't know they need to first dial 9 to get an outside line.
That was not a problem for the young man, in fact he asked about dialing 9 as he strolled toward my desk. He started to push the numbers on the keypad and then stopped to look at me with a rolled up nose of confusion.
"Do I have to pick this thing up?" he asked as he pointed to the handset.
"Yes, pick that up," I responded. "Do you hear a dial tone?"
Again I was faced with the rolled up nose of confusion. I moved closer to the phone and took the handset from him to listen.
"Do you hear anything?" I asked.
"Oh, that humming sound?"
"Yeah, that's a dial tone."
It was only then that I realized how the use of cell phones has started to change our own culture.
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