Read a post this morning that really illustrates why blogs and other uses of technology work with kids. They are different! Does that mean we don’t teach kids how do research, that we eliminate art and music classes, or force kids to focus on the content?
No, but it does mean we need to understand how their brains work and what is important to them. Part of the post is pasted below with a link to the entire thing
“Several weeks ago I walked into our TV room and found my son on the couch, hooked up. My office is in the next room, so I grabbed my camera and shot several pictures. The situation was nearly a caricature, except that it was completely true.
Let me take you on a tour. The white wires that plug into his ears are his iPod. He is a peculiar sort of kid, in that he is probably listening to classical music instead of a guitar band. He wants to become a professional musician.
In his hands is a game controller. I believe that he is playing with an Xbox, but he also has a PS2 and a Game Cube. I’m impressed with myself that I can even list his game systems. You may see a head-mounted microphone and ear plug. Many of the games that he plays are multiuser quest environments where he works with a team of other players, through the Internet (some do not speak English is their first language). He can chat with them orally if they also have broadband Internet. With those who do not, he chats with the black keyboard that also came with his Xbox system.
The silver laptop is an old Mac, with which he is chatting with local friends using AOL Instant Messager.
The point I want to make is that when we look at this picture, we see technology. However, when he thinks about this experience, he doesn’t see technology, he sees information.”