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October 6, 2016
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How Technology Can Help Kids Learn: Digital Communication

If you believe the media reports that chastise everything electronic with our youths’ downfall, you’d think that technology is the world’s worst teaching tool. It seems like every other news report, blog post and Facebook-shared article features a story about just how ‘bad’ technology is for children. Yes, there are negative aspects of too much screen time. The Australian Government’s Department of Health recommends that toddlers under 2-years shouldn’t have any screen time at all, and young children from 2 to 5-years should have no more than one hour total of electronics time per day. The same guidelines also say […]
September 29, 2016
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Technology Addiction and Children

You’ve read the headlines that scream, ‘Tech Addiction is Real!’ and you wonder if it’s true. Your child can’t seem to put his smart phone down and is permanently glued to his tablet. What’s going on here? Is he an addict? Are electronics like drugs to our children? In China the medical community considers technology addiction a real thing. Giving children and teens a clinical diagnosis, doctors place these ‘addicts’ into technology rehabs where they are forbidden to use any electronic media. Young people (ages 8 to 18) spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using various forms of […]
September 22, 2016
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Is Story Time on Tablets OK? (or should you stick to print)

“Mommy! Mommy! Tonight, for story time, can we read Winnie the Pooh?” You grin when you hear these words come out of your 4 year-old’s mouth. You walk to the bookshelf and pick out The Blustery Day, a favorite, and open it to the first page. Except tonight, things are different. “No! Not that one; this one!” The demand comes as they whip out the tablet. When that first happened to me, my heart dropped. “Is this ok?” and “Does this count as screen time?” are the first two thoughts that raced through my head. I gave in this once, […]
September 15, 2016
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Latest trend: Elementary school programming classes for kids

Last September, just like every September before then, Australian education higher-ups announced a whole bunch of changes to the elementary school programs for younger kids. It wasn’t the normal spiel that starts with “update the textbooks to ones that were written after the world was round” and ends with “take away another hour of art in favor of more math.” No, this time, the change was different. “We’re cutting out history and geography in favor of programming and computer sciences.” Wait, what? Staying objective This is old news by the way; remember I said that this was announced last September. […]