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:
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.”