04.28.07

Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day

Posted in community, technology at 7:45 pm by wingerz

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Thursday was Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. I didn’t have a daughter or son to bring to work, but I did end up running an activity session for eighteen children aged 8 to 11. The topic was the Internet, and we covered the differences between analog and digital data, simulated a simple packet-routing scenario, and discussed the pros and cons of having a centrally regulated Internet. I was really happy to see the students point out two of the best things that the Internet has going for it: 1) free access for all and 2) no censorship. Pretty cool to see these guys so far ahead of where I was technology-wise at their age.

5 Comments »

  1. Brain Auer said,

    April 28, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    I can’t wait until kids this age start becoming masters of the Internet. The web is evolving so fast, and by the hands of many young people who sort of grew up with the Internet. I’m 25, and I was introduced to it when I was about 13. Now, kids much younger are becoming involved and learning about it. Just wait until THEY are 25 — they’ll be running the show.

  2. nimes said,

    April 28, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    NEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

  3. Alex said,

    April 29, 2007 at 2:22 am

    8 to 11. What was I doing between the ages of 8 and 11? Maybe figuring out what AIM was. Oh, I definitely thought my 56K modem was something to brag about.

    It will be interesting to see how Web information systems find their way into the curriculum of K-12 education.

  4. jess said,

    May 1, 2007 at 12:02 am

    ooh, maybe i got a prodigy account when i was 11 or 12.

    so, a bunch of parents dumped their kids on you?

  5. wingerz said,

    May 1, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    They had a bunch of activities that were running all day long. So it was well-organized.

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