Me: what did you do at school today?
Son: Learned about the world using Google Earth.
Well, I really hadn’t expected that answer.
If you think about that for a moment it’s quite staggering. My son is 5 years old and in his first year of school. When I was 5, I can’t imagine I even knew what an atlas was and maybe I didn’t know the world existed outside my town, let alone my country.
So after dinner, we took a virtual trip up and around the top of Mount Everest. We also visited Ayers Rock in Australia, the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and my personal favorite, we zoomed in to the 50-yard line of Soldier Field, home to the NFL’s Chicago Bears. Ain’t technology awesome…
From the past
A few weeks ago, I wrote an article entitled “Sticky Fingers: Our Children’s Technological Future“, in which I marveled at my 2-year-old son’s intuitive use of my iPhone and his frustration with the ‘archaic’ non-Touch television we own.