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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Is It All About Electronics?

That question came to mind a few days ago as I thought about my post on learning in a virtual world. Are we really headed to a world where analog books are replaced with digital games and sound bytes?

For as much as I love technology--and I do love me some technology--I don't think we're going to replace books.

Or, at least, we shouldn't.

Perhaps digital ink will one day take over physical ink on paper. But that's merely one more shift away from the hand written works of the first publications on papyrus and clay. The book will still exist even if it is no longer bound to paper.

So, no: The future of education should not be all about electronic games.

Excellent literature should be.

And the whole book, too. None of that Cliff's Wiki Google Notes madness for us! There is much to be said for the beauty of good writing and how that enriches our learning. And much of that benefit is lost in truncation.

Will games become part of learning?

I think there is good reason to think that they should.

But for Sonlight families, books will always play a major role in the education of our children and enjoyment of our families.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father

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Unknown said...

I certainly hope we never replace paper books. There is just something about holding a book.

Luke Holzmann said...

There are tons of benefits to paper. And if you think I'm crazy, stop by my desk sometime and see the piles of paper that I still use despite being a child of the digital age <smile>.



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