I mentioned in my post the other day that I used my laptop and LCD projector to invite my 6th graders to come forward and arrange images in chronological order to tell the Exodus/Passover story and that they did this for the parents who were visiting for Open House.
One of the parents attending had her 3rd grade son with her and he was transfixed by the images on the screen. As we were nearing the end of the activity, and there were only 2 images left on screen to place in the right order, I asked for another volunteer to come forward to select the next image. The 3rd grader leapt out of his chair, waving his hand, asking if he could do the next one! I invited him forward and he went to work, using the mouse to drag the correct image to the correct box!
This experience served as a good example of the lure of technology. I doubt that this young fellow would have been so eager to volunteer to read from a book, however, the opportunity to manipulate an image on a screen was something he was unable to resist. The medium, indeed, has much to do with the message!