On a mailing list I am on, the discussion turned to the new "Raspberry Pi" sub-$40 computer on a card.
It was mentioned that part of the reason it was produced was to give school kids something that was powerfull enough for them to play with and inexpensive enough to use in a classroom setting. The old "back in my day" discussion came up - "We had to type in hundreds of lines of code from a magazine to get a stick-figure person to walk" and other such nostalga.
I tended to agree with that being that I cut my teeth on a Timex/Sinclair 1000 and remember having to learn skills debugging the magazine programs that have served me today (patience and careful observation being two key lessons).
At the same time I came across this article: Is raspberry pi a mid-life crisis?
The jist of this article is that we're old codgers, and our children are probably going to blaze just as new trails as we did. Mostly because of the advanced tools they have now that were built on what we learned.
Hmm...not what I wanted to hear, but it made me thing about my experiences with tech as a kid and how it relates to my daughters.
I've struggled trying to find a geek interest that I can share with my daughters (11 and 6), but so far their only interest in computers is to use them to view "Cute Kitten" YouTube videos and play some on-line games for school.
Now, I just need to find a way to make the Raspberry Pi help my daughter produce great literature while displaying videos of cute kittens...