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A Guide To Parental Controls For Kids’ Tech Use

NPR – Anya Kamenetz

“Earlier this month, Apple became the latest company to announce they’re arming parents with more technical weapons, by adding Screen Time and more parental controls to iOS. The company isn’t alone — besides Google’s Family Link, Disney has a product called Circle, and Amazon has FreeTime. Plus, there are more third-party apps, including Net Nanny and Qustodio, and devices, like Torch and unGlue.” (more)

Personalized Learning at Its Best

Edutopia – Ryan Brusco

“As a second-year English teacher, I had a problem: I wanted to teach my sixth-grade students the wonders of English via a robust, recurring series of highly engaging grammar lessons designed to ensure that they would never conflate “their” with “they’re,” but their skill levels were in vastly different places. To be effective, my lessons needed to be personalized for each student.” (more)

Don’t be afraid to take phones off teens, says Eton head

BBC – Katherine Sellgren

“Simon Henderson, head of the private school since 2015, says it is sometimes appropriate to take devices away. Speaking at a Girls’ Day School Trust conference in London, Mr Henderson said Eton now requires its Year 9 boys to hand in their devices at night-time. He said the boys liked the move, as it removed the pressure from them. Asked how schools could help teenagers navigate social media, Mr Henderson told the conference: “It’s a 24/7 culture, but there’s a place for taking phones and things off them.” (more)

When Students Design Their Own Games They Learn Way More Than Coding

Ed Surge – Mike Washburn

“Last year, my eighth-grade student Nathan made a game that was banned from Scratch. If I stopped there that would sound bad of course, but hear me out. It wasn’t bad; in fact it was amazing. He wanted to make a jump scare game—and boy did he succeed. If you aren’t familiar with the genre, think of that moment in a movie when it’s dark, and the ominous music is playing, and it is eerily quiet… then BAM! The scary guy in a mask jumps out and your popcorn goes all over the place. That’s a jump scare. This game ended up being so good, people were screaming when they got scared, kids were crying, it was a mess. It was too scary. I don’t think I had ever been prouder.” (more)

Lessons for 21st-Century Learners

Edutopia – Jennifer Osborne

“Collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity are the 4 Cs of a 21st-century learner, according to the Partnership for 21st Century Learning. Given that technology use continues to expand in schools, it’s worthwhile to think of how that technology can function in assignments designed to develop the skills our students need.” (more)

The New Librarian: How I use tech to build relationships

E-School News – April Wathen

“My role as a librarian at George Washington Carver Elementary in Maryland, a Title I school, started five years ago. I have watched the title “librarian” and the meaning of the word “library” change entirely over the past few years, with the role of teacher librarian melding into something that simply cannot be replaced in a learning environment. For me, it’s important to provide students with the opportunity to practice problem-solving skills to develop the self-confidence they need for a bright future.” (more)