Reply To: Technology has made children less creative than they were in the past.

S.H.
University: pku
Nationality: CHN
January 22, 2020 at 12:58 am

Some people think technology is too versatile for kids to make innovations today. Yet, they ignore the convenience brought by technology that facilitates many explorations. Nowadays, it is the technology that inspires kids to fancy things impossible and bring them into reality.

Internet and computers these days allow children to have a broader view of the world. A broad horizon lays a solid foundation for innovations. In the past, most people did not have enough money or opportunity to study abroad. They were lack of information about what happened and developed in other countries. Views constrained in a small place, they did not acquire the ability to imagine more possibilities. However, today whenever I open the computer, click on links and I can get information around the world. Comprehensive materials allow kids to keep pace with new findings. As a result, they will dream for the future based on that. Knowing that someone has invented the car that can fly, children will imagine cars can also sail on the sea. Knowing a plant is luminous, children will come up with the idea of using it as streetlight.

All kinds of software on computers today extends children’s imagination and inspires them to create something novel. Dating back to the days my parents went to school, they read tedious textbooks without multi-media. So what they learned were dead theories written on the papers. But in my school, classrooms have computers and screens. In class, students can demonstrate their opinions like a three dimensions cube using software. In addition, kids can carry out research based on mass data. Last month, a group of primary school students accomplished a study using Python. This software helped them find out phrases with high frequency in Tang poetries.