It is interesting to watch how my kids use media. They approach operating systems and interfaces with ease, and use familiar media in different ways than I do. They have intuitively developed their own Personal Learning Communities at school, in their neighbourhood and on-line.
During a Christmas visit my daughter Jasmine, who is twelve, discovered that her thirty-year-old cousin reads the same on-line comic as she does. They had a long discussion about the direction that the narrative is headed. She has had similar discussions with other fans on the site that she will never meet, but that are part of her on-line community.
I am intellectually really interested in gaming, but I don’t spend much time actually gaming. The game that I have spent the most time playing, hands down, is Tetris. When I used to dispatch emergency services in Banff National Park, Tetris often helped me pass the very long hours between three and five am. This early morning games are at least partially responsible for my first bout of repetitive strain injury.
Everyone in the family installed Tetris on our media devices last year and we all enjoy playing it.
The other night on the way home from a road trip, Paris borrowed my iPad once it was too dark to read. She played Tetris. But not Tetris the way I play it, with a focus on filling and clearing rows. She was playing Symetrical Tetris, with the goal of designing the way the playing field looked. When I got my iPad back I found some screen shots she had recorded.
In all the years I have played Tetris, it has never occurred to me to play this way.
In her first year of playing, this is one of the ways that Paris played Tetris. I can’t wait to see what she does next.