I can not begin to express the sadness that overcame me in hearing the news of Steve Jobs passing. He transcended above the products themselves and worked so hard to make Apple into the most profitable company in the world. He’s a global icon of what determination, hard work, courageous tenacity and quite perfectionism can do to change the world; to make technology easily used by all age ranges. The article by Asha Dornfest on her blog, the Accidental Expert, focuses on his commencement speech to the 2005 Stanford Grads. This speech has been featured in many stories and on CNN in the past few days. http://blogs.babble.com/babble-voices/the-accidental-expert/2011/09/01/parenting-lessons-from-steve-jobs/
Steve has touched so many people in so many ways, the numerous opportunities he’s created through the development of Apps and the endless entertainment through iTunes but on a deeper level the change that he’s made to our educational system. Many different school districts are purchasing iPads for their students in school districts across the country
What will the impact be for young kindergarten students exposed to technology at such a young age? From my experience with my younger cousins, having the iPad has certainty increased their thirst for knowledge. They’re constantly asking me to download another app or play with them all the while they are learning. Another thing that I’ve fallen in love with is classic board games on the iPad like Monopoly, the Game of Life and various other games. I remember growing up and being quite disorganized my brother and I would constantly lose key pieces therefore making the game obsolete and pushed aside.
So what about babies? If you check out YouTube you will find endless videos posted by parents astonished by their children’s ability to use this tablet when technology still afflicts adults the world over. I’m sure there are arguments against exposing children so early to devices and the exposure to the Internet and predators that haunt the web. That’s where I feel that the iPad gives a nice median for parents to control what their children are exposed to by which Apps they download. It’s size makes it a great travel companion and can entertain children on the road or at school.
Until next time how do you feel about toddlers using the iPad, what Apps have changed your life and would you like your children’s school district to provide iPads?
Thank you Steve Jobs, our blog sends our condolences to his family and thank you for sharing him with the world during his too short time on this Earth. His legacy will continue to live on and continue to change our lives. The tools given to help us all impact the world.
- TT Cronise
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