Car Stereos, Connectivity and Teaching

My son sent me this thought-provoking illustration:

It seems like only yesterday that I envied friends who had new car stereos similar to the top image. True, they could now play their favourite CD album while cruising in the car. More importantly, in my mind, was the fact that the car stereo hardware could now play music in mp3 formats. Those, who were somewhat technologically savvy, could create “compilation” CDs containing favourite individual mp3 music tracks from a wide variety of entertainers. I still remember friends who had big binders of “compilation” CDs under the driver’s seat and, when you got into their car, their first question was “Do you have a favourite band?” or “Is there a music genre that you particularly like?”.

Today as Steve Jobs stated … “Your entire music library fits in your pocket”. Whether it be on any portable media player or smart phone, today’s youth just want to know where’s the cable to plug in their personal device into the car’s speaker system.

In fact, even this sought-after cable may be soon disappear with the following technological modification:

I conclude this post with a question to my teaching colleagues. With the rapid development of technology and with so many of our youth “connected” to music, shouldn’t we, as educators, explore how we too can become better connected?

Take care & keep smiling 🙂

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2 Responses to Car Stereos, Connectivity and Teaching

  1. Cory Bloor says:

    I agree, what we want in a car stereo has changed but the device stayed the same. With a few exceptions of functions like bluetooth, pandora integration or audio aux input, but the overall style and form is dated.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks Cory for your analysis of car stereo development. My concern is that when I compare how this stereo device has changed to technology-using educators, I would hope that my colleagues do not remain “the same”. Rather, as new functions and designs evolve, I would hope that teachers do likewise so that they keep pace with the students who often are the early adopters of new technology.

    Take care & keep smiling 🙂 Brian

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