Children’s Technology Usage – Too Much or Too Little?

In the years since I have become a parent, I have found that the safest path to walk is always the one in the middle. Moderation is the key to everything for there is nothing either good or bad so long as you don’t veer too far off into the extremes. Likewise, with the caseContinue reading “Children’s Technology Usage – Too Much or Too Little?”

Khan Academy – Tailoring Education to the Individual

I heard about Khan Academy way before I’d ever heard the name Salman Khan but I wished I had heard his name sooner… About Salman Khan Salman Khan is the founder and faculty of the Khan Academy – a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a free world-class education to anyone, anywhere.  It now consists of self-pacedContinue reading “Khan Academy – Tailoring Education to the Individual”

Technology in Education: What is a Flipped Classroom?

Technology has transformed today’s schools and the face of education as we know it. The classrooms of our children are worlds away from the ones we grew up in. For some parents, this new era of education may be dauntingly unfamiliar so we have started to explore some of the “new” ideas being implemented in 21st century schools: ConnectedContinue reading “Technology in Education: What is a Flipped Classroom?”

Parenting: Concerning Addiction and Dealing with it

When we hear the word addiction, we immediately think of drug addiction, but this post is not just about drugs. It’s about everything that we can possibly get addicted to, including our digital devices. If we accept Steven Kotler’s premise that we are all addicts to a degree, then we need to pay attention toContinue reading “Parenting: Concerning Addiction and Dealing with it”

The Dark Side of Smart Devices

I love technology, I love my smart phone, and I love my computer. In fact, I’m probably more addicted to them than my boys are. And while I love all my smart devices and think they are the best inventions since sliced bread, I do agree that we need to find an optimal balance in the useContinue reading “The Dark Side of Smart Devices”

Coding for Children: Control Drones and Robots with Tynker!

Tynker Connects Young Programmers to Millions of Devices on the Internet of Things Expansion of Tynker Programming Platform Enables Kids to Power Robots, Flying Drones, Lighting Systems and Other Connected Devices Tynker, a leading Silicon Valley startup that has introduced more than 20 million kids to computer programming, has just announced the expansion of its coding platform to enableContinue reading “Coding for Children: Control Drones and Robots with Tynker!”

BP Educational Service – STEM Online Resources

Here’s another good free educational resource on the Internet… About BP Educational Service (BPES) The BP Educational Service (BPES) provides inspiring and engaging resources to support the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Their goal is to bring to life the topics that young people learn in the classroom by providing real-world examples, challenges andContinue reading “BP Educational Service – STEM Online Resources”

Parental Guidance Recommended – Keeping Pace with Digital Media

“Television and other entertainment media should be avoided for infants and children under age 2. Children and teens should engage with entertainment media for no more than one or two hours per day, and that should be high-quality content.” – American Academy of Pediatrics The question is, what is high-quality content? With the growing numberContinue reading “Parental Guidance Recommended – Keeping Pace with Digital Media”

Finding the Sweet Spot of Technology in Education

Continuing on from our previous discussion on screen time… if eyesight isn’t the problem with screen time then what is? What do we need to be aware of and how do we navigate the technology labyrinth? Quality vs Quantity “…the more important concern surrounding the screen-time debate isn’t the time; it’s the quality of the content.” GwennContinue reading “Finding the Sweet Spot of Technology in Education”

Fact or Fiction: Too Much Screen Time Bad for Children’s Eyes

G1’s school has implemented an iPad program and one of the biggest concerns it raises is this: how will the extra screen time affect our children’s eyes? When I was growing up, I used to get warnings about the TV: too much TV is bad for your eyes sitting too close to the TV isContinue reading “Fact or Fiction: Too Much Screen Time Bad for Children’s Eyes”