This morning I showed my almost three year old son a video online of what Daddy was going to do to fix the car window.
This led to my son choosing other interesting videos on fixing things on the car, from cleaning headlights to changing the tyre. For him, if you want to see something you just look at a video on a laptop, tablet or phone.
It does leave me wondering what growing up will be like for his generation. Everyone knows toddlers ask lots of questions, but with the aid of a digital device we are able to help him explore his questions further than just a talk, extending to visualising and being able to refine his questions and focus in more on the things that really interest him.
Our toddler watches movies about trains (steam, diesel, electric), how engines work, animals (what do you they eat, what noises do they make), solar system (he also looks at maps, talks about earth, the moon and the day star), among other things. We see what he is learning and thinking about in how he acts things out in his imaginative play.
As his parents, we have many conversations about how much technology is appropriate, where to put limits like time online, but so far we seem to be feeling fairly comfortable with the balance in our house.
I’m really looking forward to seeing how technology influences his learning and desires in the future.
I setup a testing community for the One Laptop Per Child project in 2009. I am a founding member of the Manaiakalani hackers, supporting an elearning and literacy strategy across lots of schools in the Tamaki region as part of the Tamaki Transformation Programme.
I am an advocate for Moodle and have been involved in organising the Moodlemoots in New Zealand, speaking and attending moots around the world.