On our drive home today my son asked me if there was an app that would allow us to watch Packer highlights. I told him that I didn’t believe there was such an app and he said, “There must be, just look in the App Store!”
This discussion got me thinking about how much our vocabulary has changed and evolved. An “app” was not a word we knew 6 years ago. This also got me thinking about how our kids assume that there is an app for everything, there was even an ad campaign around that. Without a Packer highlight app my son will have to search out the Packers’ highlights the “old fashioned” way, on the Internet.
When I was growing up, there wasn’t 24/7 connectivity. If we needed to find information we really had to be creative to find it. We had to find a way to get to the library and we had to navigate the card catalog. Then we had to ensure that the books we were looking for were there and not checked out. The skills a student needs to research have changed from trying to find the data to finding correct and accurate data. Our kids now have all of this information right at their finger tips and the amount of data they have is remarkable. With an abundance of data inevitably comes a great deal of data that is incorrect.
After reflecting on what my son said to me it became clear that there has been such a shift from my childhood to his. Even though he may have to use the “old fashioned” Internet to find highlights instead of an app, he will have to use the skills that he is learning to navigate through the mountain of information that he will find on the web (supervised, of course).