Do you limit screen time or encourage it? Have you found that instead of watching pointless cartoons etc your children are more inclined to be playing educational type games? When ours first started with Minecraft, Roblox etc we dismissed it as another online game without much point but after seeing and listening to them ‘play’ we realise just how much they are learning at the same time too!
When I was younger and wanted to learn something we had to go to the library and pick up a book or bug our parents until they found the answer to our endless questions, these days there are some things the kids come out with that they have learned on these games! Evie told me how she had learned to cut down the wood from trees, then break it down with an axe into sticks to make the walls of a house. They have to learn how to make a pick axe to go mining for iron and they then use the iron for swords which they use in battle against evil. She also told me how to make a portal – not sure i will be trying that one though!
What really surprised me though was the language she used to explain things to me! I am sure I didn’t have a clue at her age what an inventory was, all about teleporting or that when you go out in a team it is a ‘mission’. This is one of the reasons we tend not to limit screen time, thankfully our children seem to like the more educational games, the evolution of learning and social media makes things easier for all of us – highlighting how easy it can be these days to pick up more information and learn new things in our everyday life.
GP Strategies managed learning services have created this video to show the evolution of learning, from early man to modern day technology.
The increase of virtual reality, online courses and TV shows have made learning so much easier. Did you even realise you are learning while watching TV – I have picked up some random nuggets of information while watching the likes of The Chase etc that have stuck with me! Did you know the fear of being with your mobile phone is called Nomophobia?! Who thinks of these things?
This post is in collaboration with GP Strategies