No screen? No problem. Not going to lie, this summer I got lazy with our TV-on-weekends-only policy. And guess what? I noticed my kids behavior totally suffered when I allowed a show in the morning, so this fall we went back to it – no TV at all except on weekend mornings. And check out the result 👇🏼6:15AM Snap Circuits. Ever seen these? They’re genius and a great alternative to screentime, my kids use these for hours! #noscreensnoproblem

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The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected

Yes. Yes. Yes. This. This is something I’ve been talking about and seeing first-hand in schools throughout this country – and it’s not what you may think. While even a year ago, some schools would measure their technology-education success based on how many Chrome books they could secure for each of their students, this is becoming a thing of the past. As we learn more and more every day about the negative impacts of the constant screen-time, schools are trying to find a non-tech solution. The research is all there, and the creators of this technology are putting their kids in no-tech schools, and canceling their cable plans. I think there’s a healthy balance, but a conversation we can’t have soon enough. A must read.
“It wasn’t long ago that the worry was that rich students would have access to the internet earlier, gaining tech skills and creating a digital divide. Schools ask students to do homework online, while only about two-thirds of people in the U.S. have broadband internet service. But now, as Silicon Valley’s parents increasingly panic over the impact screens have on their children and move toward screen-free lifestyles, worries over a new digital divide are rising. It could happen that the children of poorer and middle-class parents will be raised by screens, while the children of Silicon Valley’s elite will be going back to wooden toys and the luxury of human interaction.” The New York Times #parenting #technology

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JUST VENMO ME

Venmo is a super popular app right now, and a super fast and convenient way to get your friend money for the t-shirt, race, food, PTO event, etc. But is it safe? My very smart, aware friends at Steel Root tell us how we can use #Venmo safely. #cybersecurity

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Technology. What an awesome, life-changing thing when we use it as a tool.

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Yesterday I witnessed the most incredible Makers Spaces, formerly known as “computer labs” in the King Philip Regional School District. It’s not because they were the fanciest, but they were hands-down the most creative spaces I’ve ever seen. Filled with manipulative and books, not just computers and tablets. I see so many schools that measure their tech success by how many tablets they can afford, but this was nothing like that. It was filled with dollar store styrofoam balls and toothpicks, KEVA Planks (GENIUS HOLIDAY PRESENT ALERT) kids excitedly use to hike structures that they can code their BlueBots to knock down. One of their mottos is “No Tech – No Problem!” A true integration of technology. As schools across the country struggle to find a healthy balance of technology, THIS is how it’s done. Norfolk, Massachusetts, you are such a bright light and leader and I’m so grateful I got to witness this greatness.
Here’s a little peek into one of the Makers Spaces at the PreK-2 school. 💫

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