The Learning Curve

I'm pretty adept with technology, but kids amaze me.  Our school recently purchased about 20 iPads to use in the elementary school level.  So, from time to time, I have a 1:1 iPad class.  A couple of them are equipped with iMovie.  I recently started a project where the kids are using the Trailer templates on iMovie to make a trailer about the story of their lives.

iMovie Trailer Storyboard

Once we started filming, I sat the class down and hooked the iPad up to the TV to give a short demo on how to use the basics in iMovie.  A couple of them said they already knew how, they use it at home.  The others brushed my tutorial aside and said they would play with it and figure it out.  So, I let them go, and I helped as we went.

By the end of the second day of shooting, I would say that the majority of the kids in the class had surpassed me, and were teaching me new tricks and shortcuts.  I felt like my parents must have felt when I helped them figure out how to send a link through Skype.

This got me thinking about technology.  I remember reading a great line somewhere (I want to say Prentsky.... but cannot recall) that technology is whatever was invented after you were born.  For me, the internet is technology.  For these kids, it is just part of the world they inhabit.  Like TV was to me.  They are so comfortable with it, like second nature.

I forget that sometimes the best way to learn something is to just play with it.  I need to remind myself of this more often, and I am glad this class is teaching me that lesson again.


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