It is funny how technology changes the way that we think about things and has also redefined what we call objects over time.
Lets do a quiz – what is this?
Question: Do you think it’s a floppy disk? Or do you think it’s the button you press to save things you your computer?
How about this?
Last one, define one of these:
I think that language and how we refer to things is really important. It is one of the reasons that I get annoyed when we still refer to e-learning, e-assessment and e-safety.
It is 2011 and the digital words completely surrounds us. Is it not time we just talked about learning, assessment and safety. ‘Digital’ and ‘electronic’ can no longer be bolted on if we want to provide the very best for our children in a rapidly evolving and complicated globalized world.
I belive that common language is also one of the keys to keeping our children safe on line. Words like ‘friend’ have been re-defined. We must to talk to young people using new definitions but at the same time explain our traditional and ethical values.
If you want some more evidence of how technology is moving on really quickly. Watch this lovely YouTube Video below – it is sub-titled in English but I loved how one of the young children thought that the kitchen weighing scales might be ‘a bomb!’
Thanks to Anthony Salcito, at Microsoft for pointing out this video to me on his blog.