Just as neither blackboards (technology) nor the words or numbers on them (media) weren't the source of learning in the 19th century, digital devices and the games, apps, and other media on them aren't the source of our kids' learning in this century. They're just learning tools. It's how they're used by teacher and students, parents and children, that spells learning. "For teachers, in … [Read more...] about Involving our kids in their own digital media learning
I recently posted on "Student multitasking: Embrace or erase?" and got two questions from two different vantage points on the subject. I was trying to be as brief as possible and still quote some important points in school administrator Matt Levinson's outstanding book From Fear to Facebook, because I'd already written a long post on digital breathing room (kind of the opposite of multitasking). … [Read more...] about More on multitasking
Certainly "clicktivism" isn't the all of social activism – it's a complement to it – but it's clear the Internet is an increasingly important support to civic engagement in this country, a just-released Pew/Internet survey shows. According to Pew's report, 75% of US adults are active in some kind of voluntary group, and 80% of those who use the Net are (compared with 56% of non-Internet users). … [Read more...] about Study shows Net supports civic engagement
First, before I get into multitasking as promised in my last post, a public service announcement: Read From Fear to Facebook: One School's Journey, by middle school administrator Matt Levinson. I wish it could be required reading for every parent, teacher, administrator, district official, school board member, and employee of every state and federal education department in the country! It's not … [Read more...] about Student multitasking: Erase or embrace?