Ok. I will be honest – this story really freaked me out.
Last night on World News with Diane Sawyer there was a report about infants and toddlers using iPads. You can watch the piece and read it here.
Essentially, the students that will be arriving in 10-15 years will have grown up with an iPad or tablet. The story showed a young child who could not even navigate a regular magazine **with pages**; she was trying to move the pages with her hands along the “tablet.”
While we can’t really understand what the students will be like in the next 10 years — we are still coming to terms with what they are like NOW — they will be even more digitally connected than they are now. I wonder if they will ever have read a “real” book. This piece shows toddlers learning to read on their tablets, and not with a “Pat the Bunny” book.
I have an iPad and am still getting used to the whole idea. The last post here was about students who in five years will be arriving who CREATE apps while I am just learning how to use them.
This next generation will be even MORE connected to technology and digital access to information.
That said, I would like to give a plug for two important discussions coming up in November:
Tuesday, November 1 (11:30-12:45): Discussion of the Information Literacy Plan distributed via email by Hoover Library Director Jessame Ferguson. (Details have already been emailed)
Tuesday, November 15 (11:30-12:45): the third part of our 3-part series on “Who Are Our Students and How Can We Meaningfully Engage Them?” We will be talking about technology and teaching at this discussion. More details to follow.
What do you think about Infants and Toddlers with iPads?