The iPad on the wall doesn’t work

I’ll admit when I walked into the room and found our two year old standing on a TV unit,  touching and dragging his fingers across the flatscreen, I wasn’t immediately struck by his digital aptitude.

I shrieked, and shoo’ed him away and told him we don’t touch the TV.

He was was confused, and said only “I want iPad.” (In that pouty pathetic way that only really little kids can do.)

To him, that flatscreen on the wall was a giant iPad. He can find Diego with a simple touch and drag… so where was it on the TV?

Rob Woodbridge was talking about his five-year-old boys today during a presentation at work, and mentioned that they’d rather play on the iPad than watch TV.

My boys, like Rob’s are an ‘on demand’ generation. They want to watch Diego when they want to watch it, and they’re not waiting for TV to play the right show.

My oldest boy learned how to spell spiderman after trial-and-error efforts of typing it into Youtube.

He’s learning to read thanks to a few iPad apps.

Scholastic book orders come home from school with games – games!! – for Wii, Nintendo DS, Leapfrog… traditional children’s books, like the ones I used to bring home from school, make up half of the options.

And then there’s this little girl in the photo. She’s one year old.

She is already so accustomed to the iPad that she doesn’t understand how a magazine works. When photos don’t expand and pictures don’t move, she assumes it must be broken.

She can’t yet speak, but already her digital life has begun.

How will this next generation consume news? And will this on-demand generation be patient enough for the page turning of magazines and newspapers?

I don’t know, but we’d better get going, building some better apps.

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5 thoughts on “The iPad on the wall doesn’t work

  1. Incredible. Great video. It’s hard to even fathom where the next generation will be with technology. I read an article that South Korea’s education system is moving away from paper to go truly digital in the classrooms. Will they ever reach for a book over an iPad?

    PS: And unfortunately in our house, our children also have learned the ‘on demand’ function!

  2. Two years ago, my then 5 year old daughter – in Sr Kindergarten, came to work with me one day as I was setting up a presentation with the projector and the projection screen. My lap top’s screen was being projected and she walked up and pressed the screen – at the “start” button. She pressed more, turns to me and says: “What kind of a (pause) smartboard is this? I think it’s broken”. (I think the pause was her wanting to say “stupid”, but she knew better) She didn’t quite get it when I told her that it wasn’t, I was just projecting the picture of my computer on the screen. That’s when I learned they use it at school.

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