Zero to Eight Children’s Media Use in America 2013

Zero to Eight Children’s Media Use in America 2013

This week one of the most respected organizations in the area of digital aged learning, Common Sense Media, released a report that outlines how young people are using media today and how much it has changed in the last few years.  For me, a report like this provides some quantitative facts that help support the use of more technology in the classroom.  Also, it got me to think a little bit more about how much media is consumed at my house.  I hope that this gets you thinking too!

For those that do better with video:

http://www.newsy.com/videos/40-percent-of-kids-using-mobile-devices-before-talking/

This quote hooked me into reading the entire document a couple of times:

“Teachers, parents, health providers, and child development experts all agree that the media children use can have a profound impact – both positive and negative – on learning, social development, and behavior.  The only way to maximize the positive impact of media on children is to have an accurate understanding of the role it plays in their lives: which platforms they are using, the activities or content they are engaging on those platforms, and how their media use patterns vary by age, gender, or socioeconomic status.”  

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The STARS of Mass CUE

Jennifer L. Scheffer

My first Mass CUE experience was quite an eye-opener. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but I certainly didn’t anticipate walking into a scene that was reminiscent of my days as a recruiter for Southern New Hampshire University. It reminded me of the time I had the opportunity to represent SNHU at the International Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Show held annually at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan. I knew there would be a vendor showcase at Mass CUE, however I didn’t realize the magnitude of  educational technology companies that would be on hand offering demos, free giveaways and overviews of the hottest tech gadgets and gizmos. To be honest, I passed by every flashy booth because I was on a mission. I was there to showcase something different. I attended Mass CUE because I had the opportunity to promote my students and their involvement in the Burlington High…

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On assessing for creativity: yes you can, and yes you should

Are you a UbDer? If not, you should be. And, you should be looking at creativity in your classroom critically. Here is how.

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I tweeted yesterday an interesting news item in Erik Robelen’s blog in Education Week that a few states (Oklahoma, California, Massachusetts) are seriously looking into some sort of assessment of creative thinking as part of the whole 21st century skills/entrepreneurship movement. I think it is a great idea, with a lot of potential for leveraging change.

Now, of course, the naysayers are quick to say that you cannot measure creative thinking. This is silly: here is a rubric for doing so: Creative. We can and do measure anything: critical and creative thinking, wine quality, doctors, meals, athletic potential, etc.  (A plug, once again for You Can Measure Anything.) More to the point, we recognize creative thinking immediately when we see it – much more so, then, say “organization” in writing (which is a far more abstract idea that creative thinking) or “effective collaboration.”

In Bloom’s Taxonomy –…

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Project RED

Thinking about going 1:1 in the coming days, months, years?  One of the best resources available is Project RED.  This organization is made up of several large corporations in the ed tech industry.  The thoughtful details that have been placed in these materials have jump started many districts around the US and might just be what you are looking for too!