I was secretly hoping that someone participating in #blogjune had come up with a meme for me to do today that didn't require much thinking. I'm not in a thinking or reflective mood this morning and it is nothing to do with the fact that I drank some pink bubbly stuff last night and sang my lungs out!!
Miss A is having a friend over and they will be arriving soon so this will be a slightly rushed post.
My library service recently purchased some iPads with some left over grant funding for our junior collection with the plan to use the iPads in storytime sessions.
My friend, @shewgirl has been using iPads in storytime at her library service and we thought it might be something worth trying in our library service.
However, my new trainee, who is 19 years old, said to me the other day that she is not comfortable using iPads at storytime and thinks it's wrong to have babies (the majority of our storytime attendees are under 3 so we do more rhyme time then storytime) playing with technology.
Admittedly, we are yet to put together a program or have staff training in this area so she may be jumping to conclusions. But then I thought about when I introduced technology to Miss A.
We did have some fun button pressing toys that had lights and music and sounds but nothing like an iPad. It is only in the last 2 years (when she turned 6 years old) that we've let her go on the computer and play online games. And since I brought home the work iPad she has been hooked on Minecraft and another game which I had never seen before. She now wants us to buy an iPad - that's another story!!
So while I can see the benefit of introducing iPads as another learning tool for babies and toddlers - should we be introducing such technology at this age? Or is this technology preparing them for how they will be learning in the future?