||[Nov. 1st, 2005|11:02 pm]
Metaportal for a megatrend Article:
This new technology may make learning concepts easier for children, instead of telling children why they should/shouldn't do certain things, they can learn for themselves through using this device to converse with other children in different settings and environments. An example would be having the children in Canada speak with children from developing countries where starvataion is a common problem, or having children compare what they may have in their own respective countries so that they can learn to appreciatee things such as food and education.
Overall i imagine that this experience for us tomorrow will seem maybe spooky, like those old movies that have the main character enter his/her house to find ppl talking to them from the television shows, but tomorrow will be different because it is in real time. This concept is bizarre yet a good idea because it may change the lifestyles of many families if the husband/wife can do their 'out of country' business trip now at home or at their workplace with this device. They can get the task done, but save on driving/travelling time and time away from their families and friends.
Video Conferencing with preschool Children:
This article was interesting because it shows that children can learn important things from interacting with others; in this case, they learned that they share a similarity in the songs that they sing, even if the words are replaced, they recognized that the song was 'The farmer in the dell'. Noticing differences and more importantly, similarities help children engage in acceptance of others because they may learn to look for similarities first.
Even if the technology is relatively new, perhaps they should perfect the programs and connections better so that the next time they test this device out, the results would be more clear and valid. So far the results sound pretty good. I'm still having a hard time believing this can be done! I remember watching Star trek and thinking the video/graphics people were really skilled to make those pop up hologram pictures of people...who are able to interact live, but now with developing technologies, the impossible seems to be possible.
Children as photographers Article:
Giving children a camera to use is an interesting way to see what they think about the world; what is important and what is not? Very much like Freud's theory that young children (as seen in this article) like to focus on themselves during certain periods of growing up. It makes sense that children take pictures of themselves and their immediate family first because when they are young these are the only people they usually share their most deep secrets to, but when they grow up and meet friends, they crave independence and privacy from their family (mainly from parents)and tend to value friends the most because they define who the individual is.
I remember growing up and wanting to take more pictures, i love to reminisc, but my mom was one of those typical parents who would tell their children "Stop wasting film!". Children nowadays are so lucky to have technology at such convenient prices and a lot of varieties. I wish they had cheap $15 or even $30 digital cameras back when i was a child!!