By far the biggest news to come out of the Google I/O developer conference held earlier this week was the preview of Google Wave, the company’s concept for the communication/collaboration tool of the future. As put by Lars Rasmussen, one of Wave’s creators, it answers the question: “What would email look like if we set out to invent it today?”
When I was growing up, one big investment my parents made for me and my siblings was a World Book Encyclopedia set, accompanied by a library of Childcraft topical books designed for kids. I remember spending countless hours reading about outer space, plants and animals, the geology of planet Earth, weather systems, and the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, to name a few subjects. And the science experiments – I could never forget the science experiments. These books made a huge impact on me as a learner and deepened my curiosity of the world.
That’s why I’m so excited to cultivate a similar love for learning in our two boys. When Kael (3.5 years old) asks me a ton of “how” or “why” questions, I’m delighted. I do my best to avoid pat answers, and on a number of occasions I’ve happily said “That’s a great question, Kael. I don’t know the answer, but let’s find out together.” This often leads to a trip to the laptop and a search on Google or YouTube, where we can hear what a fox sounds like or see what a dinosaur may have looked like.
So, I was thrilled after seeing a few episodes of Jim Henson’s Sid the Science Kid on PBS. It’s science concepts for pre-schools, and it’s awesome.