Have our electronic devices stopped us from dreaming and appreciating the natural world? It may seem at times that we get so caught up in the technological advances of the twenty-first century that we forget about what has been around us since the beginning of time. Shilo Shiv Suleman says no, and has introduced her new story book app for the iPad, called Khoya. Back when Shilo was a child, kids used to spend time outside collecting sticks and rocks and what-not. Nowadays, they spend their time holed away in their rooms on computers, phones, watching television, and playing video games. How does this all fit together you may ask? Khoya is a story book that enables children to get in touch with their imagination and still have the pleasures of modern technology. And users of Khoya do not just sit on the couch and read it; no, they are required to go outside and use their camera to take photos of nature and then incorporate them into the story.
I think that this app is a fantastic new concept. Of course, it will never replace pure nature and real books, but it is an awesome way for kids to get off the couch and through their imagination, into the beautiful world around them.
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