Tablets, babies and reading — Oh my!: Does video signal end of printed material?

The one-year-old reader in the video embedded below appears to show a baby who can’t understand why a print magazine doesn’t have all the digital functionality of an iPad app. (Via How a Modern Baby Thinks About Reading — GalleyCat)


While I am an advocate for the importance of understanding how new technologies, such as the iPad, may affect or enhance learning among “digital natives” like this baby, I’m not as convinced this video signals the end of printed material as the video’s creator seems to be:

“Technology codes our minds, changes our OS. Apple products have done this extensively. The video shows how magazines are now useless and impossible to understand, for digital natives. It shows real life clip of a 1-year old, growing among touch screens and print. And how the latter becomes irrelevant. Medium is message. Humble tribute to Steve Jobs, by the most important person : a baby.” (From the video’s YouTube description.)

I do believe touch-screen technology is instinctive for babies, and I do believe a baby is going to think a device with things moving on a bright screen is a lot more fun to play with than looking at static images on a page. I’m not convinced this baby has yet drawn any lasting conclusions about reading. She’s making the same touching, grasping motions on the magazine pages that babies everywhere have made for generations when exploring the world around them — those very motions are what make touch screen devices so instinctive and rewarding for babies.

I don’t think magazines or books are impossible to understand for young children as the video’s author claims … but they may become so if parents don’t take the time to teach their children about the differences in mediums and the importance of reading.



Cardmaking and reading


My first attempt at using all my new crafting supplies to make a card.

Today is Read Across America Day, and I thought it would be fun to have my first attempt at card-making coincide with it. The program is geared toward fostering a love of reading in children and is sponsored by the National Education Association. It also coincides — not coincidentally — with Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Parents and other caring adults are encouraged to read with their kids today. So here it is: My first card. It’s based on an idea in the A Card A Day book I’ve mentioned, but the “be a star” part is my idea. I’ve decided it’s alright, for a first attempt.

I was blessed to have parents who read to me often when I was a child. I’m sure that’s a large part of why I love to read so much now. Before I could read, the book I most asked my parents to read to me over and over was Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman. After I could read on my own, I loved the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Ramona Quimby books by Beverly Cleary. So what were your favorite books as a child?

Bye-bye Borders


book covers
I picked up some new books at a Borders closing sale.

The Borders book store in our town is one of those being closed because of the chain’s recent bankruptcy filing (sad face). But that means store closing sale (happy face!) The sale seemed to be quite the draw, even though they weren’t rock-bottom prices. We came on the second day of the sale, so the bestsellers and new arrivals out front were pretty picked over, but there were plenty of other choices farther in. The line to pay snaked part-way around the store. I should have worn more comfortable shoes.

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Cover me Kindle

Book purse

Mix old and new technologies with this "book purse" for your Kindle.

I resisted embracing e-readers for a long time. I love books. I am loyal to books. People are amazed at the size of my husband’s and my combined collection, and even more so when we tell them we still have several boxes of books in storage. I can quite happily spend several hours in a bookstore, wandering the aisles and flipping through pages.

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