I love having technology available to enhance the kid’s learning experience. We use iPads for school, and there’s some really amazing apps out there (sometime I’ll have to show you our favorites). However, there are times when it’s appropriate to give technology the boot.
Last week, I gave Joshua his spelling and vocabulary words for the week and told him that he must look each word up in the dictionary. He protested. “Can’t I just google it?” Doesn’t he know that google isn’t even in the dictionary? No, of course not. He’s a child of the technology age, and in his mind, “google it” equals dictionary. I do like the ease of google but there’s something beautiful about opening a book full of words and actually looking up the meaning.
During his assignment he said, “This is so old school.” Yes, maybe it is, my son, but old school isn’t a bad thing. I rather like embracing old school every once in a while.
When was the last time you used a real dictionary (as opposed to an online one)?