Plastic has no texture, no grain, no anything except
color. Ipods have a 2 dimensional screen. A crayon
has texture, smell and it's 3 dimensional. Drawing with
one creates a textured drawing with the lines visibly
elevated from the textured paper as one can see in
a oil painting. A three dimensional effect that is part of the
effect of the work. A child can understand what a crayon
is in the sense they could imagine making one. What are
the "colors" one sees on a ipod? A flower depicted on a screen
looks to me nothing compared to a real flower forgetting its
scent and texture. A crayon can be cut in half and shared
or a box of them can be shared.
If it is one's purpose as a parent to raise an employee
or employer than it seems technology should be embraced.
I feel technologies should be designed to benefit children not
that children be changed to fit technologies.