Guest Post By David Fahrer
Father, App Developer, & Creator of Little Magic Books
Most parents – luddites and the Amish aside – are raising digital natives: kids who know how to use smartphones better than you. They intuitively tap and slide tiny fingers. “Wifi” has entered their vocabulary before “CD”. And those iPhones and Androids have just as a magnetic hold on them as, say, candy.
The increasingly technological age we live in is drastically changing how kids learn, and education technology is at the forefront of educators and parents alike. There are benefits, of course, of these advances. I develop games and apps myself, I know how engaging interactive apps can be for young children. But as a new father, I felt nostalgia for that irreplaceable experience of reading a real book with your child. A lot arguments are made for more tech, many are made for less.
It struck me then that we didn’t have to choose, but rather could integrate them: and thus, Little Magic Books was born. You take a smartphone, strap it into the back cover of the real book, and it integrates seamlessly and interacts with each page. I’m eager to develop more ways to use this format in the future, and getting kids excited about reading books again.
I recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to make the Little Magic Books dream become a reality; and so far, the feedback has been amazing. Parents and backers have been sharing my sentiment on bridging the gap between the digital and the traditional, saying things like: “I see how kids can get glued to their parents’ iPhones and iPads and we want to make sure our kid has an appreciation for physical books”.
What do you think of raising digital natives in this technological age? How do you read books with your child? I’d love to hear – tweet at me @LittleMagicBook and check out my Kickstarter: