Can books have the same magic as iPhones and the Internet?

Posted: July 14, 2016 in Words and communications
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If children see phones and the Internet as magical places, can books hold the same magic in answering their questions about the world around them?

Jon Mooallem’s response, excerpted from the January 2016 issue of Wired Magazine, question section, to a reader’s inquiry, “When my 5 year old asks a question, is there a difference between looking it up in a book and just using my phone?” gets to the heart of this question.

He says, “To a 5 year old, phones are magic. The Internet is magic. An older kid might be able to understand the technology and infrastructure involved, the nature of Wikipedia, and so on, but for a child so young, the answer just appears, miraculously, like a playing card yanked from a bystander’s back pocket (in a magic trick). Leafing through a book together, by comparison, is a more collaborative, tactile, self-evident process. It’s a journey toward the answer, one that your child gets to go on.
What I’m talking about it the difference between learning and being told, between answering a specific question and getting a child excited about answering it on their own.”

In this day and age of technological wonders where answers to any question is at the tip of your fingertips, learning how to find an answer on your own is not only a valuable skill but also teaches the child how to place trust in their own intellect and ability to discern what is true and what is not!

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