Parents Need to Learn Enough Technology to Guide Their Child

Parents Need to Learn Enough Technology to Guide Their Child.

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Flipped Classroom right, but USA today got it wrong?

Flipped Classroom right, but USA today got it wrong?

Interesting article on Flipped Classroom learning, but USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/22/flipped-classrooms-effectiveness/3148447/) got the summary a bit confused.  I think there is a lot to be said about this with the digital transition that is currently taking place in our nation’s schools.

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.”