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Screen Schooled makes the case for using technology wisely. Children are inundated with technology at this point in time but is it helping them? This book asks its readers to answer questions in order to help them decide if the technology used is helping or harming their children. Additionally, there are take-aways after each chapter to bring the concepts into your home, classroom, or library.
There are plenty of quotes I could include within this post but I’ll limit them to these eight:
- Saying that the advent of television and smartphones is similar since they both have screens is like saying that lightning bugs and lightning are similar because they both give off light.
- To a digital immigrant, someone who is staring off with a base of unenhanced, self-developed knowledge, technology can act like a springboard, expanding the potential of existing abilities. However, for the digital native, who has a reduced baseline of fundamental knowledge from a lifelong dependency on technology, tech offers little potential for enhancement because there is nothing to enhance in the first place.
- Make-believe is a mentally rigorous exercise that helps a child develop critical thought and creativity. But kids are systematically replacing this important form of play with games created by the minds of others.
- It’s these forms of early play that can create imagination, which can lead to creativity later in life. Lacking in creative thinking can likely lead to difficulty with outside-the-box thinking, which is essential for problem solving.
- Always being connected has allowed the pressures of school to encroach on their mental sanctuaries. Only when students and schools learn to balance connectedness with common sense will schools be the truly safe places they are supposed to be.
- Dr. Barbara Frederickson and her research team found that a person’s ability to develop friendships is biologically diminished the more he or she replaces face-to-face human interaction with screen interaction. They found that at the cellular level we are changed by our habits and actions, especially with regard to screen time. If we do not actively seek out connections with other people in real life, we actually lose our ability to make them.
- When using tech, ask: 1. Does this tech simplify instruction? 2. Is this tech easily accessible for all students involved? 3. Does this tech SUPPORT rather than REPLACE instruction?
- People have long accepted the truth that when it comes to improving one’s body gain comes from pain. It’s a hard truth…If we are willing to accept this truth for our physique, why would be expect anything different for our social, learning, and brain development?
- Three fundamental questions parents should ask their kid’s teachers and school leaders: 1. Why is the digital version (of whatever the school is doing) better than the “analog” version? 2. Do you have any research showing the advantages of using screens for instruction? 3. May I opt my child out of screen-based instructional activities?
If any of these sentences speak to you, check out Screen Schooled at your local library!