Welcome to The CITE -- a blog on Course materials, Innovation, and Technology in Education, created by Mark Nelson and now part of the Publications Department of the National Association of College Stores. CITE is a pun with multiple meanings - referring to cite as in citation, something people reference; site as in location, website, or place people go to; and sight as in foresight or looking ahead to what is coming. Comments, discussion, feedback and ideas are welcome.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A smartbook for kids

The 2010 holiday shopping season is months away but Mattel Chief Executive Officer, Robert Eckert, predicts that they have already developed the must have toy, a smartbook device called the Fisher-Price iXL. The device is designed for three to six year olds and includes six applications for books, games, music, and photos. According to Engadget, the home screen was modeled after the iPhone/iPod Touch. The Bits Blog also has a posting about the device and many parents and teachers added interesting comments in the readers’ comments section. Several parents say that their young children already know how to use devices such as laptops and iPhones and they will not be interested in a toy device. Others say that children should not be exposed to technology at such a young age. What do you think?

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