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New York plans to build one the largest municipal Wi-Fi networks in the world, delivering Internet access to poorer areas and, Mayor de Blasio boasts, “bridging the digital divide.”
Setting aside how serious that gap really is — every fifth-grader I see, no matter what neighborhood they live in, has a smartphone — is this really the divide we should be worried about?
One of the most frequently passed around articles in the mommy blogosphere these days reveals Steve Jobs didn’t let his kids use the iPad. Writing in The New York Times earlier this fall, reporter Nick Bilton recalled asking Jobs when the device first came out: “So, your kids must love the iPad?”
“They haven’t used it,” he told me. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”
Jobs’ reply left the reporter in “dumbfounded silence.”
Bilton, who went on to interview other tech gurus and received similar answers, should not have been surprised at all. It’s not merely people in Silicon Valley, who as former editor of Wired magazine put it, have “seen the dangers of technology firsthand.” It’s every middle- and upper-class parent walking around with an iPhone.
We are all well aware of the effects of too much screen time on our own ability to concentrate and our social interactions. And we don’t want that for our kids.
A few years ago a friend who was a new parent told me that he never bought his kids anything that required a battery. He told the children’s grandparents to do the same thing. Having your kid press a button over and over again was not his idea of educational play.
Go into any upscale toy store, and you’ll find it littered with wooden blocks, Melissa & Doug pretend food and some simple costumes. The toys intended to teach science or math are not LeapPads, but microscopes and abacuses.
"iPad use in formal learning environments, by all accounts, is soaring. Due to the almost magical ways it promotes interaction, that makes sense. But when learners are using the iPad, what are they doing? What exactly?"
Researchers report that the average adolescent needs eight and a half to nine and a half hours of sleep each night. But in a poll taken in 2006 by the National Sleep Foundation, less than 20 percent reported getting that much rest on school nights.Adolescents who do not receive adequate rest have trouble keeping up in the classroom and are more vulnerable to other health problems. And catching up on sleep on the weekend won’t help.
"Researchers report that the average adolescent needs eight and a half to nine and a half hours of sleep each night. But in a poll taken in 2006 by the National Sleep Foundation, less than 20 percent reported getting that much rest on school nights."
"Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship are important topics ... it is so integral to what our kids do while they are at school. Whether or not you have a 1:1 program, these are topics that shouldn’t be overlooked! Don’t assume that because your students are fairly savvy when it comes to learning technology, that they will automatically pick up on digital literacy...it is essential that parents learn about digital literacy so that they can echo and enforce good technology use at home"
This is an excellent collection of resources, split into age groups and a suggested order of activities. It is an American site, but I like how they have picked up on the cybersmart resource put out by the Australian Government. I would add another one to the list: the resources made by CommonSense Media. These are great too, and Prendiville's digital citizenship unit is based on them.
Recently, journalists and researchers have been blaming smartphones for bad parenting. They want us to put down our devices and focus on our children. But they’ve got it all wrong. It is no wonder that anxiety plagues the modern human. We seem hopelessly confused. We love our tools; we can’t stop [...]
This is Americanised, but the concept is right. You can search for public domain and Creative Commons images on Google now, and ensure you know where the material comes from. Links are much better than downloads when it comes to avoiding copyright issues.
A lot of kids are using social media these days, and even if that isn’t surprising to you, it may be surprising to you just how many of them are using it and just how much. Leveraging these popular social media tools in the classroom is a no-brainer: everything from Twitter and Facebook all the …
Melissa Marshall's insight:
Some interesting stats:
95% of teens (12-17) use the internet81% use social media (compared with 72% of internet users overall)50% log into social media more than once per day21% of kids under 13 use social media sites26% of kids under 13 have a YouTube accountIn a survey of girls aged 6-12 33% said they were saving their money to buy new technology20% said they were saving for a smartphone48% said that they have a cellphone51% of those said that they have a smartphone
A growing workplace health trend is moving to classrooms: More schools are adding standing desks as a tool to increase alertness and combat childhood obesity.
In 2012, more than one-third of children are overweight or obese - clearly we need to try something!
Melissa Marshall's insight:
The saying "sitting is the new smoking" is gaining traction in workplaces, so it is not surprising that this is now moving to schools. It might help some students concentrate more: I try and get students standing around lab benches when doing experiments to keep brains active, but I wonder how it would go if they stood all day? I think more studies might need to be done.
This is an American article, but it does pose an interesting question about pitting teachers and students against each other using a service like Turnitin. If students are taught how not to plagiarise, this becomes far less of an issue. I think Turnitin and other similar software is definitely needed, but should be used like a scalpel, not a hammer!
is thBrett Lee offers advice to parents regardingthe inherent dangers of online dating app Tinder.
Melissa Marshall's insight:
'This is the perfect environment for the online sex offender' A girl died after meeting a man on Tinder and it is a serious danger to children. Parents and teachers are encouraged to talk about the use of this app as it posts GPS location and images of people close to you. There is no way of knowing who they truly are.
iKeepSafe is dedicated to the education of families on how to stay safe online. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Google to develop curriculum that educators can use in the classroom to teach what it means to be a responsible digital citizen.
The curriculum is designed to be interactive, discussion filled and allow students to learn through hands-on and scenario activities. Each workshop contains a resource booklet for both educators and students that can be downloaded in PDF form, presentations to accompany the lesson and animated videos to help frame the conversation.
When we ‘research’ things now, we generally aren’t referring to spending time in a library – or even referring to spending time online accessing specific library or school research databases. The word ‘research’ largely refers to the act of typing words into your internet search bar and seeing what the Wise Old Web tells you. …
===> Hopefully you know this already, but a reminder never hurts: Give credit where credit is due. <===
We all know that social media can be a great tool for teachers, both in the classroom and for professional development purposes. Here at Edudemic, we encourage you to do things like use Twitter to build your PLN, connect with other educators on Facebook, pin great ideas on Pinterest, and more. But just as we …
Melissa Marshall's insight:
I take a detox during the holidays for at least a week to turn my brain off - sometimes it feels like there are a million tabs open in my head. This is now gaining traction as we are finding social media creeping in to everything - yes, it did actually happen even is no one Instagrammed it.
is i"It’s a simple little prop I use when teaching Digital Citizenship to our pK-12 Aurora Huskies students, but I think it sends a powerful message. I love utilizing props to try to get my point across to students and thought that creating a kit full of props would be a great way to reinforce a very important topic in our schools."
Helping students understand their digital footprint is an integral part of being a good digital citizen. Knowing that you leave behind a little trail of digital breadcrumbs as you conduct your digital life is useful - and can even help you in some scenarios (like when you need to hunt down something you remember seeing online, but don’t remember exactly where…). But what happens when you need to delete your digital footprint (or more likely, a part of your digital footprint)?