What We Love About Technology

Ruff Ruffman and pile of gadgets. WGBH 2014

Ruff Ruffman and pile of gadgets. WGBH 2014

We asked you to tell me some of your great experiences with kids and technology. Below are some of the positive stories you shared with us. Please use the Comments section to add to the conversation if you would like to.

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My daughter used my cell phone to call my husband when I had an accident.

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My 7th grade son moved to a new school; he is socially awkward. He was chosen to be a leader in technology and to help other kids because of his skills. He felt very proud of himself and it helped him make friends.

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My 7-year-old taught himself how to text. He invited his grandparents for dinner without telling me. THAT was surprising when they showed up for dinner! If they ask me a question and I don’t know, we can look it up online. They have confidence that almost anything can be answered online.

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My daughter gets so many creative ideas from Pinterest. She planned a whole party on her own with those ideas.

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When he was 8 he wanted something so he made a PowerPoint presentation about 10 slides with strong facts as to why we should purchase a game that cost $6.

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My son loves PBS games! With Ruff Ruffman he has learned about physics and scientific method. With Dinosaur Train, he has been inspired to study animals and nature. It also helps with hand eye coordination and reading!

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One of my kids made a castle in Minecraft. He took it really seriously.  At his request we researched medieval European castles at the library, learned a lot, had fun, and his castle looked awesome.

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My daughter and her friends spent a Saturday afternoon listening to The Beatles and The Smiths after going through my husband’s record collection. They then got all of their clothes together and organized a record cover photo shoot and created some very cool images!

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My daughters have made stop motion movies, created itineraries for family trips, created group projects with Google Drive, and made presentations on Prezi.

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My kids love creating in Minecraft. It’s inspired my son to learn about programming and game creation.

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We subscribe to Dreambox to help my youngest with her math and she loves it. Computer games they play inspire stories they write or make RPG games for.

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My kids love watching their sport, acrobatic gymnastics, on YouTube, since it’s not really covered elsewhere. My middle son created and designed a website for himself when he was seven. He still uses it to communicate with extended family and as an outlet for his fiction and non-fiction writing.

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My son is a budding artist, and he loves to create pictures on the iPad. It has helped him build one kind of dexterity, which has been an issue for him. My oldest has been focused on transportation, roads, maps and city planning for as long as we can remember. I recently sat down and started playing the Super Nintendo version of SimCity on our Wii with him, and it has completely revolutionized his imaginative play. The cities he builds with blocks and wooden train tracks are much more thought out and complex.

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My son has created short games with programs he’s found online, he’s animated short scenes and wants to make a film, he’s created PowerPoint presentation for fun. To him these are just fun games. There is a measure of creativity that can be unleashed through technology that other generations never had access to before. These simple games he plays it will prepare him for a world where technology advances in great leaps.

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Tech has helped us introduce her to music of all kinds. She has fallen in love with classical performance and despite never taking a dancing class, has shown an interest in copying the movements of ballet dancers from YouTube clips of the Boston Ballet and other performance groups.

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My kid wanted a dog. She created a presentation in Google Docs. It was awesome.

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Our very introverted child really comes out of his shell as a result of being very skilled at sandbox video games & being able to share that knowledge with his friends.

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Bill Shribman

About Bill Shribman

Bill is a Senior Executive Producer at WGBH in Boston where he runs the team making digital things for kids. He is also an affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. His geekdaddery extends to being the proud father of two teenage girls.

Bill Shribman

About Bill Shribman

Bill is a Senior Executive Producer at WGBH in Boston where he runs the team making digital things for kids. He is also an affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. His geekdaddery extends to being the proud father of two teenage girls.

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