The debate about ‘screen time’ and children continues to be a hot topic in the field of early childhood education. Among the most difficult questions I have to answer are the ones about app recommendations for children under three.
Recently, a reporter who covers Apple for the San Jose Mercury News, Patrick May, interviewed me for an article about the best apps for (very) young children. He was looking for one app for each age 1-5.
Welcome to the next edition of the Oceanhouse Media Blogger Spotlight! Today the spotlight’s on our friend Carisa Kluver from Digital Storytime, who got the opportunity to check out There’s a Map on My Lap!: All About Maps from the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library Series.
See what she has to say about her favorite app as a mom and more below!
When you throw a rock into a pond, the ripples go outward in a circle. They expand at the same rate in all directions, until the wake hits something that alters the geometry.
Now, imagine that a child turning on a screen-media device is that stone plopping into the water, and the effects or outcomes of that act are the emanating waves. Here, the pattern is crazily fractured—going out at different speeds, changing directions, overlapping itself, bouncing off some unseen force.
This was the image that formed in my mind during the New America Foundation’s research roundtable: “Digital Media and Early Learning: What We Know and What We Need to Learn,” on October 15th.
Having the ability to self-publish, via this blog, has given me both a platform and a way to solidify my ‘voice’. During my recent trip to speak at a Writer’s Day for SCBWI this was especially clear to me, as I saw a sea of talented storytellers, mostly women, engage in dialogue about the profession and the ways to get discovered.
Two weeks ago I had the honor of being invited to the Erikson Institute in Chicago to meet with Amanda Armstrong and Chip Donohue, from the Technology in Early Childhood Center, Rita Catalano and Michael Robb of The Fred Rogers Center, Aimee Strittmatter and Joanna Ison of ALSC – Association for Library Service to Children and librarian extraordinaire, Cen Campbell of LittleeLit.com. We were also delighted to be joined via Skype by Warren Buckleitner of Children’s Technology Review. - See more at: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=2957#sthash.dBzMdYp2.dpuf
Carisa Kluver's insight:
Notes from my recent trip to Chicago's Erikson Institute ...
From TV to smart phones to social media, the lives of U.S. children and families are dominated by 24/7 media exposure. Despite this, many children and teens have few rules around their media use. According to a revised policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “Children, Adolescents and the Media,” released Oct. 28 at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, the digital age is the ideal time to change the way we address media use.
While media by itself is not the leading cause of any health problem in the U.S., it can contribute to numerous health risks. At the same time, kids can learn many positive things from pro-social media.
Carisa Kluver's insight:
American Academy of Pediatrics offers guidance on managing children’s and adolescents’ media use - updated advice for the 21st century, finally!
What is the future of the book? In this interesting but flawed piece from the New York Times, David Streitfeld notes that the 'book' is apparently "embedded so deeply in the collective unconsciousness that no one can bear to leave it behind".
He says much that has been produced digitally so far is hampered by skeuomorphism.
According to Elizabeth Rieke, CEO and Executive Director of the Center for Childhood Creativity, “Creative muscle is the new required leadership competency of the workplace and probably will be for a long time to come. Innovators have to be flexible, collaborative and able to communicate well with others – just like in Kindergarten.
And more importantly, they have to try things and be willing to fail – something our formal education system does not readily foster.”
What is a crucial skill and habit that builds creative muscle and its attendant soft skills? Reading.
Randi Zuckerberg — commonly known as “Mark’s sister” — left Facebook in 2011 and started her own company, Zuckerberg Media. The former Facebook executive has also launched a project to help people shape their online identities.
Over the last seven years, I’ve pitched technical or otherwise innovative services to publishers over and over again, and learned some hard truths along the way. Here I list my top five, and what they mean for startups and publishers.
Over the past few months, we’ve hosted three “Quality Conversations” on this blog. We’ve explored issues to keep in mind when selecting digital media for children, with the goal of advancing the discussion that began in 2012 at the Fred Forward Conference.
In each of the three conversations, we showed a video of a child using an app and asked readers to rate its quality. Readers were also encouraged to share their comments and the reasons behind their ratings.