Sometimes I am amazed at how flexible the human brain is.
I attended a 2nd birthday celebration for my nephew last week. The event went as most family birthdays usually do.... candles, cake, presents, happy children, grass stained pants, kool-aid stained faces, and an abundance of smiles.
As we were preparing to leave, my nephew got his hands on my brother's iPhone. I was afraid the birthday boy was going to damage the hand-held wonder. WOW, was I short-sighted. What followed was simply amazing.
The boy that had just turned 2 years old was able to unlock the phone, find his favorite song, and play it for me (dancing included). He then searched through several pages of photos to show me one of his favorites. I just stood there in amazement. I had no idea that a child that had just turned 2 was capable of operating such a complicated device.
The event lasted only minutes, but it has lead to hours of reflection.
- What else is a 2 year old capable of that we have never imagined?
- If a toddler can work an iPhone, what can a kindergarten student do with a laptop?
- Are people of all ages capable of much more than we think?
- Why do we prohibit the iPhones and similar technologies in schools?
- What will the next generation be doing at their 2nd birthday parties?
I'm starting to know how my parents felt when my brother and I did some pretty cool stuff with our Commodore 64 a few (many) years ago.
Where will it go from here? I can only imagine......
What are your visions of the future?
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