Another quick note on tech, literacy and creativity

Came across a blog post today on this video:

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The author wonders if technology like this is limiting kids’ ability to use their imagination and engage in creative play, and be interested in ‘normal’ books. This was my response:

I think there’s room for both. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. There’s no reason you couldn’t take the phone out of that book and have kids draw things they could imagine being out the windows, pop the drawings in the book and make up their own stories. There’s no reason kids couldn’t use the iPhone to take photos, record sounds and make their own images to insert into the book. There’s no reason kids couldn’t make their own book to fit an iPhone into.

Creativity and literacy are what you make of it – technology and imagination are not mutually exclusive.

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