This video has been doing the rounds in the last few days. By the time I got to view it more than 2 million others had done so already! Not a bad audience for one so little!!
The caption accompanying this video on YouTube, sums it up pretty well:
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.
Yes indeed ….. we’re seeing it every day ….. Apple has impacted our Operating System! Viewing this video though, I was struck not only by this little one’s meaningful interaction with technology, but by attempts to transfer skills used on the iPad to other visual stimuli such as magazines.
Watching this video reminded me of one I saw some time ago on Jenny Luca’s blog Lucacept. It’s a parody and is very amusing, but, when I watched it the first time – it really made me stop and think! When our digital natives enter the classroom or our libraries and are asked to use books for research, they do have to adapt in more ways than I’d considered.
Since watching this video, I have to admit that more than once, I’ve glanced over at our enormous non fiction and reference collections and wondered …… Where are we heading? What is it that we should be presenting to the students in our schools?