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Digital Citizenship Tip of the Week – 9/16/2015

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Students heading to school this year may be the most technically savvy, media-aware bunch ever. YouTube, Minecraft, and even MythBusters are being used to engage kids in class, while Instagram,WhatsApp, and Netflix occupy kids at home. This year at Back to School Night, it’s a good bet that media and technology — both in and out of school — will be hot topics.

How will your kids’ schools use technology to teach, motivate, and promote digital citizenship? There’s only one way to find out: Ask! Of course, you only get so much time with the teacher and administrators on Back to School Night, so here’s how to find out what you need to know, whether you have five, 10, or 15 minutes we have put together 18 questions to help frame your back to school night. No doubt, these questions are going to get you thinking and ensure you know what your kids’ educators and administrators are using to teach technology skills in the classroom. Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 8.56.50 AM

Digital Citizenship Tip of the Week – 3/17/2015

CS_supporter_school-BIGWhile most of us would like to think we have a healthy relationship with our phones, the facts just don’t back this up!  Distracted parenting has been a hot topic recently and some experts link the rise in smartphone ownership with the rise in emergency room visits for kids under 5.  Here are a few suggestions for keeping our relationships with our phones more balanced:

  • No devices during mealtimes.
  • Leave the game-playinng (Words with Friends) until the kids are in bed.
  • No Texting or talking on the phone while driving
  • Put away the phone if the kids are swimming unattended or doing anything else potentially dangerous.
  • Designate “No Tech Zones” in your home and respect them!

Things are not all doom and gloom! Here are a few tips on how to integrate this amazing technology into our lives for the better.  Check out a few of our favorite apps while you are standing in the slow line at the grocery store with your kids!

  • Kids 2-7 years old: 
    ·      Hoopa City: A pre-school friendly world-building game that appeals to older kids as well. There are no rules at all – kids will have a blast figuring out everything they can build, from beaches to amusement parks to universities.
    ·      Barefoot World Atlas: An educational app that gives children an interactive look at animals, indigenous people, science, and hobbies around the world. With beautiful graphics and high-quality narration, this app puts kids in charge of their learning. 

  • Kids 7-12:
    ·      Duolingo: Using a fun, game-style system, kids (and grown-ups) can learn any of five languages – Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, and French.
    ·      Scribblenauts Remix: A popular puzzle app that encourages and rewards players for using their imagination. Open-ended situational challenges will keep kids on their toes and empower them to devise creative solutions.