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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School safety is an issue that travels well beyond campus

Tomorrow, I get to start my busy day off speaking with educators about how they play an important role in helping kids have a safe and healthy experience with technology – just one more thing on their very full plates. My dad was an educator, and we often talk about how much things have changed since his time in schools; technology has brought about some wonderful innovations and incredible challenges. I speak with teachers all the time about balance, responsibility and frustrations when it comes to technology and at the end of the day, it all comes down to a community approach. Goodness knows teachers have one of the most important jobs in the world, and their list of responsibilities continue to grow. As parents, it’s our job to work with our schools to try help our kids strike a healthy balance. What a great article in the Los Angeles Times about these issues. #parenting #education #teachers

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