And Now…The End is Near

When I was a kid, my grandmother used to ask me to set the clock on the VCR. It was my job anytime I would visit her house because she had no idea how to do it.

Then, when I got a little older, I’d have to show her over and over again how to record shows. I’d write down on a little yellow piece of paper all of the steps she would need to remember when she wanted to watch what she managed to record.

It is always a privilege (and responsibility) of the younger generation to help their elders with emerging technology. Well, it is happening in our family.

I consider myself pretty geeky. I know a lot about new technology, and I try to stay on top of the latest trends. My son, apparently, has followed in my footsteps.

The other day we had company over and their son wanted to watch a movie we have a digital copy of. I tried and tried to get it to work on the Apple TV, but because I had recently changed the password, it wasn’t working (or so I thought).

My nine year old grabbed the remote, and after three quick presses of the buttons, Wreck-it-Ralph was playing on our TV. The kids were happy, but I was stuck thinking, “It has already begun.”

Next thing I know I’ll be asking him how to set the time on an Apple Watch.

My Kids are Thankful

We live in a society that likes to blast through Thanksgiving to make it to Christmas. I love Christmastime just as much as everyone else. This year, though, I decided to help my kids try to think about Thanksgiving a little bit by making a video with them.

Here’s the video we made.

They didn’t go as deep as I’d like them to go about what they’re thankful for, but I know they understand that they are blessed and should be grateful. I’m looking forward to more making videos like these in the future.

What do you do to teach your kids to be thankful? Let me know in the comments.

Does Minecraft Help Kids Learn to Read?

My kids love Minecraft and just about any other videogame. I just read an article titled, “How Videogames Like Minecraft Actually Help Kids Learn to Read.

In it, the author says,

“The secret lies not inside the game itself but in the players’ activities outside of it. Minecraft is surrounded by a culture of literacy. The game comes with minimal instructions or tutorials, so new players immediately set about hunting for info on how it works. That means watching YouTube videos of experts at play, of course, but it also means poring over how-to texts at Minecraft wikis and “walk-through” sites, written by gamers for gamers.”

New GoPro Cameras are Here!

I finally convinced my wife to let me get a GoPro camera last summer. It took a lot of begging and convincing, but she let me fork over some cash to get one, and I absolutely love it. It has added a fun dimension to our family videos and pictures since I got it. I got the Hero 3+ Silver edition, and I love it.

Today GoPro is announcing new cameras. They have the Hero 4 Silver and Black Editions, and they are also putting out a budget-friendly action camera simply called the Hero.

Movie Night Treasure Hunt

This weekend we had family movie afternoon (our kids are too little for movie night), but the best part about it was something that my 9 year old son learned at a summer camp he went to this summer. It was a treasure hunt that started in the kitchen and ended at the microwave with the movie and popcorn.