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I usually write about technology and gadgets. Anything bright and shiny really gets my attention, so much so, that I have little to no time to read books as most of my reading is confined to trade publications and articles. My children, however, especially my youngest daughter seem to LOVE reading, which is exciting. However, I just got my hands on an advanced copy of new book coming out soon by Scholastic as part of a new series called “Scholastic Discover More.” The book that caught my attention in particular was one called “Technology – How today’s technology really works” by Clive Gifford.


Targeted towards the “Expert Reader” (ages 9-13), the “Technology” book actually was one of the first books that I have picked up and “read” in quite a long time. I put “read” in quotes because it is actually more of an advanced picture book than a book of literature. However, that doesn’t mean that it is better or worse in any way. In fact, the book is not only engaging, but it is truly educational. And, as with books about any type of technology, I would have thought that it would be instantly out of date. In fact, it is pretty current and discusses and breaks down the latest technology trends in easy to understand examples (complete with bright and shiny pictures as well). And, to top it off, each book comes with a unique code that allows you to download a digital companion to it.


The structure of the “Technology” book is unique. For starters, it is broken up in to chapters around certain subjects and within each subject are sub-sections. The primary sections (and some of the sub-sections – I did not list all of them) are: [click to continue…]


Every family has a story teller. It’s the person who can captivate an audience as they lead them down a path of words, memories and emotions. We do have to admit, some people are much better at doing this than others. I, for one, have an absolutely horrible memory. The only stories I tell are ones that I really know well and that have been told time and time again. For me, it was always about the details and many times, I would get so wrapped up in trying to remember them that the magic of the story was lost. My father, on the other hand, is quite the opposite. He has the skill of intelligent and engaging conversation, making you pay attention, learn and laugh in the process.

Sony_HDR-xr500v_prod_shotAs part of the Sony DigiDad Project, where Sony has lent us a variety of really great tech gear like BRAVIA TVs, VAIO laptops, Digital SLRs and Blu-Ray players, one of our “assignments” was to do a “Heritage Time Machine” using the Sony HD Camcorder they lent us (HDR-XR500) . The idea was to capture family history in HD video with no other real guidelines set. This was actually a great project since I had only recorded a few stories from my grandmother before she passed away several years ago; my wife did the same with her mother. So this concept of recording one’s family history or heritage is not a new concept, just the manner and tools available to do so have changed.

The Art of Storytelling

Long before the advent of tech, a time that my wife would gladly have lived but I probably would have withered and died like a flower without sun, storytelling was one main forms of entertainment. But it also served the purpose of continuing legacies and ensuring that family history was passed from generation to generation. The spoken (and written) word was the way that many family members learned about their generational history. Even as far back as the “cave dwellers” many thousands of years ago, history was depicted with pictures and some form of spoken communication. Children nowadays do their own type of cave drawing (hopefully not with crayons on the walls) but in the forms of pictures and artwork. They too, suck up stories that are told to them, and become enriched in the process (which helps their brain development as well as teaches them the importance of a good story).


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