I was on holiday a month ago, in one of those all inclusive places. With an all you can eat restaurant. There was family there, all of them including the toddler, were playing on some kind of device. The dad had an Ipad, the Mum had a Smart phone and the kids were both playing with tablets too. I wasn’t spying honest.
I just remember when I took my mobile phone, as a (14 year old) to the dinner table. Never saw that phone for weeks. Where has that culture gone?
The real question is what does this mean for children? Will there ever be a time when children are born into a world and have no paperbacks, no DVD’s nothing physical? The rise Youtube, Netfilx, blink box, sky plus to name a few. These have alll changed the way we watch TV and movies? What’s a DVD?
The way we shop for music has changed too. I don’t think there is a CD player in my house. There is a DAB radio, tablets, MP3 players, and Ipods. How long before kids ask “What’s a radio?” Kids will be downloading songs, rather than saving money and buying the single. To me this is sad.
Everything is instant. You can get your questions answered with social media. What’s a call centre?
All kids in schools have laptops, they teach web design, they teach adobe suite, they teach photography, digital marketing is going to be in the DNA of kids in the future. That’s for sure.
What part does technology play in schools though? some of them provide tablets, there is more tech, less paper, that’s a good thing, but will it be the end of the paper & pen? I think we will see that day pretty soon.
Video conferencing instead of face to face interviews, multiple choice exams on an tablet instead of written ones – all changes to come. Sooner or later data will be used to track attendance, mark homework, be more in control of of kids patterns of behaviour, that would be good, rather than traditional paper based systems…but will this be at the expense of hand writing?
Fact of the matter is the world has changed, even in the last 10 years, the things that were important then are not now, because technology does the work for you, which means teachers don’t have to work so hard (sad but true.) It will be down to parents to instil traditional values in kids as technology in teaching takes over.
Question is, not when will it start, but when will it stop?