Helpful Information for Parents
The iPad is a device for learning. It is transforming the way we teach and learn. Powerful creative tools, interactive textbooks, and a universe of apps and content make for endless learning possibilities. We strive to capture these wonderful learning tools within the context of our classrooms.
But what about when the devices go home? How can you help your child seek a balance between the device and direct family interaction? Perhaps you are anxious over the technology use, screen time, and your child doing nothing but swiping, scrolling and tapping instead of interacting with you face-to-face. Are you concerned about knowing what your child is doing online and don't know how to address it with him or her?
Common Sense Media is one of the best resources we've found to help guide our thinking and the approach we can take to work WITH our youngsters and learn to navigate this new frontier of parenting. While we are educators, we're also parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and relatives to other children ourselves. And we have those same questions and concerns to balance with the powerful learning tools that technology makes available to everyone. We recommend Common Sense Media to all members of our educational community and we hope you check it out! And while you are there, be sure to check out their Essential Apps Guide, a very nice collection of educational apps, organized by device and age level!