Kids and Technology
Way back in the 1990s, I was lucky enough to work at TVOntario when there was still a lot of in-house production. Current Affairs, Science, Health, Arts, and of course a diverse Children’s department made a lot of television that lives on in the memories of many people around the world. The Children’s unit had a wealth of experience, experienced educators and some of the most talented craftspeople I’ve encountered in my increasingly long career. It helped me discover a love for inspiring young people that I like to think I touched on when I had a couple of kids of my own. My time working at TVO and TFO combined with my own love of technology and left me inspired that somehow there was room for cool things to happen when you let people who are great at what they do try out new tools. People were more excited than fearful, confident that they could apply their expertise to what was a great electronic jump.
I still laugh at explaining to my kids about index cards in libraries.
There are legitimate concerns with technology, and its impact on people, especially those acquiring skills at astonishing speed. We need a lot more research and monitoring, and as always, some practical ideas for making sure young people are well-rounded while well-equipped. So, I really enjoyed watching Bethany Koby’s TedxUCLWomen talk about technology and learning. She even brings up Maria Montessori, someone I researched heavily when we put our son into the program at age 3. I’m not an educator, but the foundational theories of Montessori I saw as a great match for this child, and the extension into games and toys now just makes good sense and is exciting. Koby’s Tech Will Save Us is a pretty sweet place for people who want to explore tech and learning for their kids.
Challenge your kids. Their capacity for learning is huge when they are guided with enthusiasm and respect. I know 7-year-old me would have lost my mind being able to explore like this.