Gaming, wikis, blogs, social media, interactive polls and QR codes: just some of the technologies that teachers are bringing into the classroom. The dizzying pace of tech evolutions offers some challenges as teachers and administrators race to keep up with the latest tools. The research discussed here shows the payoff for schools that become “friends” with educational gaming.
Social Media, Social Life: How Teens View Their Digital Lives is the latest research report from Common Sense Media's Program for the Study of Children and Media. We surveyed over 1,000 13- to 17-year-olds nationally to understand how they perceive social media (like Facebook and Twitter) affects their relationships and feelings about themselves. Read highlights from the study in the infographic, and visit our research page to download the full report.
Ready for the best ipad STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) apps for kids? These can be great for summer learning, too. Just remember that most ipad apps, with a few exceptions like Khan Academy, won't instruct your child.
The lack of digital literacy education for parents and teachers alike has a tremendous impact on how children use new media technologies. This contributes to a widening gap between usage for education vs. entertainment. The FCC is looking into spending $200 million on creating a "digital literacy corps" to train and support educators, students, and parents to use digital devices productively.
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Every day, your students are tested with each post, search, chat, text message, file download, and profile update. Will they connect with like minds or spill TMI to the wrong people?
Will they behave creatively or borrow ideas recklessly? Will they do the right thing or take shortcuts?
How should parents of young children manage their child's online presence? Author, blogger, PR and marketing strategist, Geoff Livington reflects on this topic with his two year old daughter in mind. Great food for thought.
New studies by Iowa State University psychology researchers have found further evidence that youth who play prosocial video games — games in which characters help others in nonviolent ways — can increase helpful and decrease hurtful behavior.
From the article: "There are so many apps that claim to be educational, but as Dan Donahoo has pointed out, not all educational apps are created equal. The hardest part is sorting through everything to figure out what works for your kid — sometimes the ones with the best educational content (or the best design/graphics/interface) aren’t the ones that your kids even want to play. Here are just a handful of apps that I’ve checked out lately; some fall farther along the “edutainment” scale than others."
Understanding how to manage your online reputation or “digital footprint” is tricky business, even for those of us who have been using the internet for a long time. This article highlights the importance of managing your online reputation and a fun exercise you can do with your kids to make them think about how they want to be represented online.
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