Device Natives

It seems more and more evident that the “digital natives” have all grown up. It was a bubble. Most kids today play on devices instead of learning how to use computers.

We need to encourage kids who are interested in tech. We also need to expose more kids a wide variety of tech. Show them it’s fun.

We have more and more kids today who don’t know how to manage files, how to use features of software (like centering text), or how to type. My theory is: Before fun apps migrated to gadgets, kids wanted and needed to know how to use computers, so they could use MySpace (for example).

Today it’s very similar to pre-2000 when only “nerdy” students really knew how to use computers. Regular kids just use their phones/tablets.

I’m not sure administrators, parents, or the public realize this is happening.

Audiobooks and eBooks from your local library for FREE

Almost anyone in the United States can get a library card after a quick visit to the local library. More and more libraries are offering an extremely easy way to check out Audiobooks and eBooks over the web for your computer, eBook reader, smart phone, or iPod. Just visit your local library’s website.

Harris County Library website screen shot

Computer, Kindle, and iPod owners need to install Overdrive on the computer and sync file to the devices.

Smartphones can take advantage of the Overdrive app by installing it directly on the phone. There is an iOS app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch:
iOS Overdrive App

You can install the Android version through the Google Play store:
Android Overdrive App