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Technology at a Touch

  • Posted on February 27, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Between smart boards, iPads, and our Kindle Fire, Alex is used to technology that he can simply touch to make things happen.  I haven’t decided whether I consider this a good thing or a bad thing.

On the one hand, this puts more kinds of technology within Alex’s reach.  This is very good.  He likes technology and he likes what he can do with it.  So do I.  Traditional computers, the ones that require a mouse, are very difficult for Alex to use.  First, he has delays in fine motor development.  He’s getting better, but it’s still hard for him to make his hands do what he wants when it involves small tasks.  Second, his eye sight is not so good, but he still doesn’t have glasses that he’ll wear.  Between the two of them, using a mouse is hard work and touch technology makes it much, much easier.

On the other hand, because using a mouse is so difficult for him, he’s stopped trying.  He’ll watch someone else while they use our at-home computer, but he’ll only use the Kindle Fire, which involves touch technology.

I’m considering upgrading our computer to one with touch capabilities, but I’m worried that this will simply reinforce the notion that he doesn’t have to learn how to use a mouse.  And I’m worried that that will limit him in the future.

So, I’m still undecided.