As the latest ploy to keep people’s noses in their phones and their attention away from the real world around them sweeps the nation, making someone, somewhere a tonne of money, it was nice to reminded this week that technology help us do some truly wonderful things too.
The kids in Madam’s year group have been writing letters to children at a school in South Africa. In the past couple of weeks they eventually got their long awaited replies 🙂
However, on Wednesday, the kids had a Skype call all the way from South Africa! They sat in the hall and they could see the other children, thousands of miles away. They sang songs to each other, they asked each other questions. Kids at both schools thought it was the best thing they’d ever done, all of them were very excited as the tumbled out of the gates at home time.
I am old enough to remember when communication like that would have been unheard of, unthinkable even. If my 9 year old self had wanted to talk to someone in South Africa, it would have been pen, paper, an airmail envelope and a very long wait. Now we have astronauts conversing with the world over social media from outer space! they can join in with events here on earth. I am still in awe of Commander Chris Hadfield playing a version of Space Oddity in SPACE and being able to see it on Youtube..
Recently a friend attending a concert, held up her mobile phone and broadcast the concert over periscope for the benefit of those that couldn’t attend. How amazing is that! in my youth if you couldn’t go, you didn’t get to see it. End of.
I can talk with people I’ve never met, who are in different countries, who I consider friends all for free and run up a humongous phone bill. It may be the way forward for my son to communicate with people, perhaps even find employment. For all it’s faults, it does give me a fair bit of hope for him.
It’s all far more appealing to me than winding up in lake or wrapped around a tree because you’re too busy chasing some yellow animated creature… I know, each to their own, and yes I agree it gets people outside, but what’s the point if all you are doing is getting the wind in your phone and not your face? Technology eh.. where would we be without it? 😉
*There are NO Pokemons on this blog
*No offence to anyone who plays Pokemon Go!