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Digital literacies and the bottom line | frogphilp.com

There’s a bottom line in teaching – the things we must absolutely teach, no matter what. I’m questioning whether digital literacies should be part of it.

 

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Tablets in Dutch Schools Usher in a New Era

Tablets in Dutch Schools Usher in a New Era | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it

In August, at least 1,000 students in 10 other primary schools in the Netherlands will get iPads, in a teaching model developed by a foundation called O4NT, which is a Dutch acronym for “Education for a New Era.” (While De Windhoek uses iPads, it is not part of O4NT.)

 

(...) O4NT wants to change the way schools work, not only through technology, but also by rethinking the very basics of how brick and mortar buildings are used, and how class hours and academic years are scheduled and structured. The model’s creators believe that a more flexible system is needed, particularly to alleviate pressure on working parents.

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Children who read on iPads or Kindles have weaker literacy skills and are less likely to enjoy it as a pastime, charity warns / @MailOnline

Children who read on iPads or Kindles have weaker literacy skills and are less likely to  enjoy it as a pastime, charity warns / @MailOnline | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it

A survey, conducted by The National Literacy Trust, found that 52 per cent of children preferred to read on an electronic device - including e-readers, computers and smartphones - while only 32 per cent said they would rather read a physical book. 

Worryingly, only 12 per cent of those who read using new technology said they really enjoyed reading, compared with 51 per cent of those who favoured books.

Pupils who get free school meals, generally a sign they are from poorer backgrounds, are the least likely group to pick up a traditional book, the research found.

The poll of 34,910 young people aged between eight and 16 across the UK found that those who read printed texts were almost twice as likely to have above-average reading skills as those who read on screens every day. 

The study also found that children were more likely to have their own computer than their own desk.

Jonathan Douglas, the director of the National Literacy Trust, said: 'While we welcome the positive impact which technology has on bringing further reading opportunities to young people, it's crucial that reading in print is not cast aside.

 

 
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Can this app teach your kids to play safe with your device? - Apps Playground

Can this app teach your kids to play safe with your device? - Apps Playground | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it

We like the idea behind this app, which has been put together to help parents teach kids how to treat their device with the respect and care it needs, via a series of games and activities...

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@LesNutons' illustration contest - Create the illustrations for The Nutons' Kitchen (or How to nurture a Nuton) and win the possibility of being published in a children’s book for the iPad!

@LesNutons' illustration contest - Create the illustrations for The Nutons' Kitchen (or How to nurture a Nuton) and win the possibility of being published in a children’s book for the iPad! | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it

"Draw me a Gnome" Illustration Contest - April 16 - June 30, 2012

 

Annoucement of the winner during the Third Annual Illustrators Meeting in Redu, July 21-22, 2012
- Contacts: Odile Flament (CotCotCot-apps.com, Brussels) and Nadine Marchal (Espace Livre, in charge of the Illustrators Convention in Redu)
- mailto:DessineMoiUnNuton@gmail.com
- Contest rules and text to illustrate at http://ow.ly/aCPdx ;
  

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What do we really know about the effects of screen time on mental health?

What do we really know about the effects of screen time on mental health? | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it
Pete Etchells: A recent briefing from Public Health England warns that too much screen time is causing emotional problems in children. But is it that simple?

 

(...) But what do we actually know about the effects of screen time on childhood development? It's actually a really tough question to answer, in part because "screen time" is a pretty rubbish concept. It takes into account the use of anything that has a screen – TVs, mobile phones, games consoles and tablets. In a sense, it's easy to see how it's a compelling measure to use: it's a simple idea that everyone can easily relate to. The trouble is, it doesn't really do justice to the sheer diversity of content that screen-based technology can provide. For instance, two hours of watching Teletubbies is probably going to affect our behavior in a completely different way to playing Halo for a couple of hours (although it's questionable which one will do the more damage).

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Questionmark about (1) the distinction between passive and active screen time and (2) thorough research re. long-term effects of screen time on childhood development

 

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Radical Reform: Dutch iPad Schools Seek to Transform Education - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Radical Reform: Dutch iPad Schools Seek to Transform Education - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it
Plenty of schools use iPads. But what if the entire education experience were offered via tablet computer? That is what several new schools in the Netherlands plan to do. There will be no blackboards or schedules.

 

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As such, the school day never really ends. Pupils are welcome to keep working on their iPads at home, on weekends or on vacation. But as much as the program offers freedom and continuity, it also comes with a substantial monitoring component. The iPad keeps teachers and parents constantly informed about what children are doing, what they have learned and how they are progressing. If a math app is neither enjoyable nor successful, the teacher simply orders another one. The supply of educational programs never runs dry in Apple's online app store.

 

Not Truly Relevant

Arithmetic, reading skills and text comprehension are the core subjects in the elementary school. Good handwriting has been downgraded to a secondary skill, nice for industrious pupils but not truly relevant.

Every six weeks, teachers, children and parents decide together what is to be achieved in the next learning period. To do so, they meet at school or virtually via Skype. The era of the 10-minute parent-teacher meeting once a year is a thing of the past in the Steve Jobs schools.

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No big difference from the Montessori philosophy that is quite common place in Dutch school system. 

 

Curious about the number of students per teacher ratio and the lack of frontier between school and home (re. "the school day never really ends")

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Understanding the Children's Book Consumer in the Digital Age - TOC Bologna Children's Book Fair - Kristen McLean, Bowker

Understanding the Children's Book Consumer in the Digital Age - TOC Bologna Children's Book Fair -  Kristen McLean, Bowker | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it
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Appy Tips & Tricks for Kids - CotCotCot-apps.com | Facebook

Appy Tips & Tricks for Kids - CotCotCot-apps.com | Facebook | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it

“Don’t do this, don’t do that”, “careful, “no”, “that’s enough”…it’s not always easy setting down the rules with one’s children, especially when it comes to moderating the use of a tool as fun and interactive as the tablet! That’s why we’ve decided to help parents like us, faced with this new gadget, to put into place a few basic rules concerning the family tablet or smartphone borrowed from mum or dad.

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Une petite appli-jeux soumise à Apple la nuit dernière dont l'objectif est d'aider les parents à modérer l'utilisation de la tablette... mais de manière ludique et sans dire de "gros mot" comme "règle"... # avoir les mains propres # être assis confortablement # ne pas regarder trop longtemps l'écran...

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American Families See Tablets as Playmate, Teacher and Babysitter | Nielsen Wire

The rise of gadgets is ushering in a new generation of kids who are growing up digital.
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