An year or two ago, a major controversy arose in the blogging World. At Techcrunch Disrupt event (an event where luminaries of the tech world sit on stage and discuss various technologies, trends and future of tech) on the Future of internet, the Wikipedia Founder told the audience his reasons as to why blogging will go into oblivion in coming years. The Techcrunch person contradicted this and called the Wikipedia man an ignorant, and declared that blogging will remain in this world, until humans can read between the lines and come up with viewpoints, inferences and assertions , both robots and average human beings are incapable of.
The argument looks quite strong, going by the ever increasing number of blogs and opinion blogs growing head and head with the information sites.
The techcrunch disrupt blogging controversy came to my mind, when I saw Fire HD 6 Kids Edition Tablet ad today. The tablet is specifically made for kids and comes with kid-proof protective case. The ad eve shows the kids’ cereal spilled over the entire kids tablet screen. As obvious, the tablet is loaded with everything a kid loves; and what his/her parents see as a learning tool (interactive games, building blocks, alphabets, etc.). Or the kids tablet contains everything which engages the parents to their tasks, so that the kid doesn’t disturb them. Why I said so? As this is exactly the USP of these tablets for kids. The parents may buy these as a learning tool, but subconsciously they want to buy something which can engage the kid better. But are these PC tablets and all these interactive games on screens of various sizes good for the kid?
Coming back to the blogging and humans ability to think in astronomical proportions, it’s time we think about these interactive learning tools for kids on TVs, PCs , Laptops or tablets. Are these really helping the kids? or are they making the kid constantly distracted ? Are they making the kid devoid of enthusiasm?
From my observation, I have found that too much interactivity in the learning process of toddlers makes them poor learners. How? As unless something is not interactive, attractive or three dimensional, they don’t want to focus on it. This makes them a lazy learner.
The test of a developing mind is not the number of facts a child can remember. The real test is how much he/she can learn from a situation or a simple apparatus. You would have often seen a baby play with an empty carton for hours. The act can be a child play, but that’s how the baby is developing his/her brain. He/she is understanding various spatial dimensions, permutations and combinations, when he/she tilts the box on every face. Till a very higher age, simple non-interactive situations and toys are the best learning aids for kids. For the same reason, a good book made up of paper teaches not only the kids, but also the adults, the Universe of wisdom and knowledge.
The favourite writer of young men and women in India, Chetan Bhagat, has one interesting rule for his twins. The rule is: “No Screen For Kids”. Both are under 10. Chetan Bhagat’s rule may look extreme to some, and it may be. But even then, limiting screens like one limits daily regimen of study or activity, will be Good.
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