With our 1:1 computing programs and the growing number of personal devices that our students are using, we wanted to make some parent resources available. These links are just a few of those online to help parents monitor and share their children's interactions with digital media.
GEMS 1:1 User Guide
This is the agreement all students and parents signed before devices were allowed to go home. Refer to it as needed when discussing digital behavior with your children.
Common Sense Media's Advice for Parents
The entire Common Sense Media website is an excellent resource for parents. This is a link directly to age-specific advice for dealing with digital devices.
Parenting in a Digital Age
St. Matthew's Parish School in California created an iPad Bootcamp for Parents website. This page has some excellent advice for iPad use at home and this advice could be used with a variety of devices.
iPads at GEMS 2012.
Reflection submitted by M Chiappinelli, RN, GEMS grades 5-8 Health Office
During the summer, many educators in FWSU were issued iPads and instruction on use.
GEMS is fortunate to be part of a technology grant.
Fall 2012, GEMS students in grades 7 and 8 will also be issued iPads for learning during the school day.
All are entering a technology adventure!
And hopefully always watching our step because this adventure involves the learning and development of children.
The road of technology carries:
- new and rapidly changing media devices,
- high media use by today's youth,
- and easy access to all information - by all.
Whether a lesson comes from the spoken word of the educator or from an iPad, GEMS goal is to foster healthy, meaningful, and respectful learning.
Along with providing a worldwide fund of knowledge, media and technology have proven their ability to influence behavior. (With an emphasis on 'influence behavior,' please reread the previous sentence.). Unsupervised media use by youth has proven numerous unhealthy outcomes including increased risk behaviors.
At GEMS, by teaching youth to explore with technology, to explore making good choices, and to keep current with how youth want to learn, the goal/hope is that educators find enhanced student interest and guide/encourage healthy learning. Media and technology at GEMS can help provide supervised, selective, prosocial content that can encourage positive behavior choices by youth.
Also as a precautionary note, neuroscience - the way the brain works - is the study of how the rapidly changing world of children using technology affects their development. Face- to- face time vs technology-to-student time are ratios that change when a device like the iPad enters the classroom. The questions arise:
- how much time do we allow students to use their iPad during the school day?
- how much of iPad time is interactive with others?
Current studies show American teens are media mesmerized 7 to 11 hours a day, more than teens attend school or sleep.
While the tools of technology can enhance and encourage learning, the caution is the amount of TIME spent on these tools and the CONTENT of what is searched
For your interest, the American Academy of Pediatrics has published statements regarding their opinion and recommendations regarding children, media, and technology. The Fred Rogers Center and the National Association for the Education of Young Children also have a joint statement. Parents, educators, administrators, and school boards are encouraged to open, view, or read these links and other references listed below..
~ Please link onto the references below for what physicians, neuroscientists, and others are finding.
~ Please voice your opinion to GEMS so the home-to-school lines of communication are kept open.
~ And, most importantly, please continue to discuss with your children about their day and activities at school.