October 09, 2011

Has the iPhone generation lost its sense of wonder?

Catriona's first Skype

Over the past week I've twice heard twenty-somethings ponder whether kids growing up today—kids who were practically born with iPhones in hand—will still have the capacity for wonder.

Yesterday as a present for his first day of second grade I brought home an erasable gel pen for my iPhone savvy six year old. After a brief demonstration, he spontaneously hugged me, "I've been waiting for this pen my entire life!"

I think the kids are alright.

Lovely post from Heading East, via Bobulate, which reminds me of the wonder Catriona had the first time she used Skype (and felt comfortable with it by about 90 seconds into the call), the desire she has to get on the iPad every day, but the total delight she gets when the craft kit comes out of its box on a rainy day (which, being Edinburgh in the autumn, is rather often).

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Guess Kids realise you can actually create and make real things easier in the real world - and that lots of these devices are aimed mainly at consuming stuff.

The fun bit for learners is showing them how they can take their ideas and artifacts and share them through the cloud.

Our two love glue , glitter, papermache and building things

Great article! I like the picture of the kid and the screen. Since technology is the big hit and faster than ever, people just have to search what they want and not have to put much effort into thinking about it.

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