When you think back to when you were a child and learning to read what memory come to mind? For me a lot of children’s poetry books come to mind, and my parents spending a tireless amount of time helping me through words like orange and know that I thought were too difficult. I’m sure lots of you have similar experiences.
The generation of children that are learning to read know are having a totally different experience. One of my dear friends is currently teaching the four year old she nannies how to read. During one of our recent conversations I asked her who she tackles that huge task. Expecting a longwinded answer about sitting down and putting in the face-to-face effort, I was floored when she responded with “Oh, there’s an app for that!”
At first I thought that it was ridiculous that teaching technology has overtaken the role of teaching literacy – I mean what can be better than face-to-face effort and forcing your child to read aloud to you!? But then the more I thought about it the more I realized that we’ve always used technology to help teach to read (at least for those of us born in the 90s). We utilized resources like LeapFrog and similar reading tech. It only seems so shocking because many of us don’t really think of the early stages of reading technology to be actual technology. I mean, what’s a LeapFrog device to an IPad?
So really what I want to know – what are your thoughts on reading technology?