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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Unhealthy, excessive tech use affecting kids’ health

The Times of India – Staff Writer

” Instances of conflicts between parents and their tech-obsessed wards, poor social interaction and worsening of basic skills are some of the consequences of addiction to and excessive use of technology among children in India, experts warn. And it is not just a child health issue but a public health concern as well, National Indian Public Health Association President J. Ravi Kumar said. “Technologies like the internet, smartphones and electronic gadgets like gaming consoles, tablets and the like are essential for development, but the side-effects of overuse is a concern for public health,” Ravi Kumar told IANS. He said this has brought to the fore the importance for parents to be aware of the extent to which they themselves spend time on gadgets. “Children tend to follow what their elders do. So when they see parents working for long hours on their laptops, they are bound to get influenced. “This, in turn, results in conflicts: when parents try to limit their children’s exposure to electronic devices, they are smart enough to question why the elders are tinkering with their laptops so much,” Ravi Kumar said.”(more)

Friday, February 13, 2015

UK Survey Shows One in Seven Kids Participate in Online Bullying

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A new survey has found that one fifth of secondary students have taken part in online bullying, with teenage boys being more likely to have done so than girls. The survey, released in conjunction with Safer Internet Day, also discovered three in ten secondary students have witnessed something online that has either concerned, upset or frightened them…A separate report was also released at the same time by Action for Children. Research for their study found that 60% of students who admitted to online bullying said they did so in order to fit in with a social group, and 43% said they did so in order to prevent themselves from being bullied online. Other reasons for online bullying included peer pressure and feeling unhappy.”(more)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Gaming Can Give Troubled Teens Another Shot At Learning

Forbes – Nick Morrison

“Students who get turned off by education can struggle to see the point of schools, but one project is showing how gaming can give troubled teens another shot at learning. Games developer Kuato has already won plaudits for its work in schools, where students have to learn basic code to take a robot through an adventure/shoot-em-up game…But in a new departure, Kuato has gone into a school for students who struggle to engage with mainstream education, to see if coding can give them a reason to learn…the results suggest that creating games does have the power to switch students back on to education.”(more)

New Poster: 15 Useful Tips to Help Students Overcome Procrastination

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning – Med Kharbach

“Keeping focused and on task in a world where multiple sources of distraction are at work competing for ones’ attention is really a challenging endeavour. And when it comes to students and digital natives the case is even worse. I sometimes think that we, digital immigrants, are really lucky to have studied in an era where the hype of Internet and social media was non existent. However, procrastination does not have a sole cause and digital preoccupation is only one factor among many that lead to this state of inaction. The visual below features 15 interesting and scientifically-backed strategies that students can use to beat procrastination.”(more)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Many ‘children taking risks online’

BBC – Staff Writer

“More than half of children in the UK (57%) have done something “risky” or anti-social online, a poll of 2,000 11- to 16-year-olds suggests. Almost two-thirds (62%) told the BBC Learning poll they felt under pressure from others to act in this way. Activities included sharing unsuitable videos or pictures of themselves or saying nasty things about others and looking at unsuitable websites. Some 20% said they had put pressure on someone else to act negatively online. The research was commissioned as part of a new online safety campaign – Be Smart – timed to coincide with Internet Safety Day on 10 February.”(more)

FCC’s plan to reclassify internet has big K-12 impact

E-School News – Bridget McCrea

“FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing clear, sustainable, enforceable rules to preserve and protect the open Internet as a place for innovation and free expression. According to an FCC Fact Sheet the common-sense proposal would replace, strengthen, and supplement FCC rules struck down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit more than one year ago. “An open Internet allows consumers to access the legal content and applications that they choose online, without interference from their broadband network provider,” the fact sheet states. “It fosters innovation and competition by ensuring that new products and services developed by entrepreneurs aren’t blocked or throttled by Internet service providers putting their own profits above the public interest. An open Internet allows free expression to blossom without fear of an Internet provider acting as a gatekeeper. And it gives innovators predictable rules of the road to deliver new products and services online.” Evan Marwell, CEO of San Francisco-based EducationSuperHighway, says Chairman Wheeler’s proposals to protect the open internet include one key provision that will be very helpful to any school district or library that is working to bring fiber to their buildings. That is, by “ensuring fair access to poles and conduits under section 224,” the proposed rules will make it much simpler and more cost effective for school districts to obtain the rights of way they will need for fiber construction.”(more)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Off to a Good Start in the New Year

Sentinel Source – Melanie Plenda

“As we shake off the holidays and get ready for a brand new year of possibilities, it’s a great time to get children off to a fresh start when it comes to wellness. Nutrition, fitness and even who their friends are can have a tremendous impact on the well-being of our children. With that in mind, here are some tips for setting them up for a great new year.”(more)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

U.S. FCC raises schools’ Internet subsidy amid net neutrality protests


“(Reuters) – U.S. communications regulators on Thursday held the year’s last public meeting, where they voted to increase the largest U.S. education technology subsidy and protesters interrupted with calls for stricter regulations for Internet service providers.”(more)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Teach your students the right way to Google

E-School News – Kelly Maher

“In the age of the split-second Google search, it’s more critical than ever to train students to distinguish between primary and secondary sources.”(more)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

With no internet at home, kids crowd libraries for online homework

E-School News – Douglas Hanks

“School and public libraries play an integral role in student learning and internet use.” (more)