Do kids really care what device you give them? Based on my own children, I think it’s whatever is new (and by new, I don’t necessarily mean brand new, I mean different) is the device of the moment. My kids, because of my obsession, have access to pretty much any kind of device. In the house, they have access to a Macbook Pro, a desktop PC, a Surface, an iPad, and a Chromebook. My son, 5th grade, gravitates to the MBP more than anything. He’s not doing anything spectacular with it. He’s often watching YouTube videos, checking ESPN.com, or if it’s school related, tackling Google Apps. If it’s close by, he’ll grab the iPad. It’s what he does.
My daughter, 8th grade, rarely uses the MBP. In the past, she used her Chromebook quite a bit because most of the stuff she needed to do for school was within Google Apps. When she got it for Christmas over a year ago, she was on it all the time. She has an iPhone and uses that for the typical teen stuff – Instagram, Snapchat, etc. The iPad, for her, wan’t used that much. Until now. She’s been asking for a keyboard case for her iPad. Fortunately, we found one on clearance and she bought it. Now, it’s all iPad. The Chromebook is pretty much unused. I’m not sure why.
Actually, I do know. It’s because the keyboard case is new and different. She’s been taking the iPad to school instead of her Chromebook and told me she loves using it. The Google Apps stuff, all done on the iPad now. The Chromebook is just laying in her room unused. I could probably take it for a few weeks and she wouldn’t even notice. I’ll be curious if the novelty of the keyboard case wears off or if it puts the iPad over the top as the one device she needs. Only time will tell.
I’m curious, is this a unique situation. Have you found your own kids or students gravitating to the new thing or are they using what they’re used to? Are certain devices being left behind?
This is by no means an edtech post, but I do think you can learn something from it. That is, if you’re a sports fan or are ever around sports fans.
A recent discussion with some friends about jersey rules led to me share what I consider the do’s and don’ts of wearing sports jerseys. They disagreed and laughed at a few of them, but it’s okay, they can be wrong. I don’t think I’ve ever written these down before, they’ve just always been in my head. Until now. There are other lists of rules out there, like this one from Rick Reilly, that I find amusing. Take a look at let me know what you think. Do you agree? Disagree? Have you seen any blatant violations of the jerseys rules? By the way, these rules also apply to t-shirt jerseys.
And now, the list.
- Never wear a jersey unless it’s to a game. Exceptions: Viewing parties for a game. You’re a kid. Hockey sweaters.
- Never wear a jersey to a game where the team on the jersey is not playing.
- Never wear a jersey with nothing underneath or a dress shirt underneath. I’ve seen both in person, it’s just wrong.
- Never wear an old jersey of a player who has been traded. You got the jersey because you like the team and the player, if the player moves on, you should too. I shouldn’t see Oklahoma City James Harden jerseys.
- Never wear a jersey of a player who is not actively playing on the team. This includes traded, cut, free agent signing, and retired. Exception: Legends. It’s okay to wear a Bears Brian Urlacher jersey, it’s not okay to wear a Orlando Magic Dwight Howard jersey.
- Never wear a jersey of a punter or a scrub.
- Never wear a jersey of a (football) lineman unless you look like a lineman.
- Never wear pink jersey, pink jerseys are wrong. On the same lines, don’t buy alternate or fashion jerseys. The Packers do not wear black or yellow jerseys, you shouldn’t either.
- If a team gets new jerseys, you should too. No one, including kids, should EVER wear a Milwaukee Bucks purple jersey. No one should wear New Orleans Hornets jerseys anymore.
- Throwback jerseys are acceptable if the player on the jersey played during that era and is a legend. I know some teams are wearing throwbacks these days, fans should wear the regular jersey.
- Never wear a jersey of an average or below player unless that player won you a fantasy league. I’m calling this the Dembo Rule.
- Never wear a jersey with your name on the back.
- Never wear a jersey of a player who is a douchebag. If you’re not sure if the player is or not, he is.
- Never wear a jersey of a player who’s been convicted of a crime.
- Never wear a jersey of a superstar from your team who now plays on another team. Here’s an example. Indy Peyton Manning jerseys should not be worn again until he retires.
- If you are a fan of a team, you should NEVER wear a jersey of a rival. For example, Packers fans should NEVER wear a Vikings or Bears jersey – even if Brett Favre plays for the Vikings. Team loyalty comes first.
- Parents are responsible for their kids. I shouldn’t see this. And while this is an interesting story, it’s wrong. Don’t buy a jersey of a player who is in the last year of a contract or isn’t a star player. My son wanted a Lebron jersey when he was in his last year with Cleveland. I said wait a year until he signs a new contract. Don’t buy a jersey on clearance just to get a jersey for your kid. Your kid is a reflection of you.