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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | Unplug | Scoop.it
Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.
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Is handwriting a relic of the past? 


It is now only in kindergarten and 1st grade that legible writing is taught to children.  After that "the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard".



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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 6, 12:07 PM

This is the 3rd or 4th scoop in the last few days on this topic. I think it is important enough to keep grabbing new articles.

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Balance Screen Time with Green Time

Be Out There takes an in-depth look at how to balance screen time with green time in the report, Friending Fresh Air: Connecting Kids to Nature in a Digital ...
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The National Wildlife Federation offers insights on how to use the technology you already love and still connect your kids to nature.

 

Good advice for adults too!

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Unplug Your Kids

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“My sons (Afnan, age nine and Hassan, age seven) are truly the children of the technology age. They prefer to play...
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Any child born in the 21st Century knows a different world than I did as a child; these are children of the Technology Age.  With everything now just a click away, we need to think about how to unplug our kids.

 

Our fascination with technology creates a condition where we feel more efficient and connected.  In this blogger's view, it is important that we don't "ignore the other side of the story" -- the impact technology has on the health and well being of constant users.  The impact that technology has on our children.

 

To completely disconnect from the world of electronic devices would be irresponsible.  No one is suggesting that.  But what many are suggesting, including the author of this article, is that making friends with devices as an alternative to real interaction with people, our children do not learn how to engage in ways that benefit them morally, physically and psychologically. 

 

Balance seems to be the key.  What we need is to balance "our lives and those of our children to understand that the virtual world is far less important than the one that waits outside your door."

 

 

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Digital Attention Disorder

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"The vast majority of the American population is mildly addicted to technology"
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Are kids today just born addicted to the Internet? You've probably "seen the ease at which a toddler can operate an iPhone." 


Research shows that an overwhelming number of the American population is mildly addicted to technology.  And it begins with our children.  The cost for treating this addiction with the help of a professional?  "Just under $20,000." 


Seems to me we could make a personal commitment to ourselves and learn how to be more mindful about balancing online time with real life activities by simply turning off the smartphones, tablets and computers for a brief period of time each day.  The added benefit:  It's FREE!

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Focused Attention in Children Must be Explicitly Taught

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In our distraction-filled society, mindfulness, a way of being focused on paying attention has to be explicitly taught.
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Our society is one of constant distraction.  Busy-ness has become a chosen way of life.  So if we want our children to have focused attention, we must explicitly teach them how. 

 

This short video shows how kindergarten-aged children in a San Francisco area elementary school are being introduced to mindfulness in school, practicing "mindful listening, mindful eating, mindful movement and yoga."

 

 

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Phyllis Smith's curator insight, February 23, 10:53 AM

Excellent video - keep your child(ren) on track by teaching them how to focus.  It's so important in this fast-paced world full of video games and television.