There is a wide gap between teachers and parents concerning technology, with teachers saying it has harmed students’ mental and physical health, according to a majority of educators participating in a recent Gallup survey. Parents surveyed were more likely to say that technology helps support students’ mental and physical health.
Check out this Washington Post article for more.
Increasing use of technology has affected students hand strength leading to difficulty holding pens and pencils, says Sally Payne of the Heart of England foundation NHS Trust. Activities such as cutting, playing with building blocks and pulling ropes can help students develop proper writing grip, Payne notes.
Check out this Guardian article for more.
From today’s MediaPost newsletter:
The New York Times is rolling out a monthly print-only section for kids, in response to positive feedback the Times received when it debuted its first Kids section in May.
The second edition of the Kids section will appear in the Sunday, November 19 edition of the newspaper. It becomes a regular monthly section next year, starting January 28.
From the NY Times article:
“Children were better able to understand — and retell — a story they heard from a robot when the robot expressed social and emotional cues, according to a study of 4- to 7-year-old children in Boston. Researchers in this commentary assert that the expressions made the robot more reliable and trustworthy.”
Here’s an excerpt from this nice article from NY Times article about the great organization, Girls Who Code:
“One sunny summer morning this month, a group of 20 teenage girls gathered in a conference room in the sleek offices of a tech company in Manhattan. It was their fifth week of coding camp, and they were huddled around laptops, brainstorming designs for their final projects. One group was building a computer game that simulates the experience of going through life with depression and anxiety, while others were drafting plans for websites that track diversity at companies and help connect newly arrived immigrants with local community groups.”
“The nonprofit Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative is holding technology-focused summer camps for students in California. Students play Minecraft, among other things, which officials say teaches students the foundations of computer literacy and introduces them to coding.”