Posted by: crudbasher | December 6, 2012

An Educational Observation from Magic Kingdom

One of the nice perks of living in Orlando is it is practical to go to Disney fairly often. So I do. :)

(c) Disney

(c) Disney

Recently Disney opened an expansion to Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom so my wife and I went to check it out. We did a few of the new rides including one called Voyage of the Little Mermaid. Ok, ok it’s not a manly ride but it was new and I don’t often get to do a Disney ride for the first time (I’ve done them all). The ride was good. I can see how it would appeal more to young girls but it was well done. I did however have a chance to observe something fascinating in line. A trend a Disney in the last few years is to have things to do and look at while you are waiting in line. I think this is a very good idea. The activity in line for the Little Mermaid was a series of windows you would look it and see some computer animated sea creatures. What was really interesting to me was they would react to you being in front of them. I’m not sure if it was gesture based or just light sensing or what but it was pretty cool.

The really interesting part was watching the kids. They all were waving their arms in front of these windows with the expectation they could interact with the displays. 5 years ago, gestures were just an idea, today kids think they are commonplace. More and more, children are coming to expect media to be interactive. This might explain why game based education is on the rise, while video lecture based education is not considered revolutionary.

Anyone else have observation on how kids have these expectations about technology?

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