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Why Digital Tools are Good for Education.

Screen related devices are starting to generate a bad reputation. It is my intention to inform people about the positive contributions technology plays in education.
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Kristen Ruckdashel

on 27 May 2015

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Transcript of Why Digital Tools are Good for Education.

Reader Rabbit is a PC game that attracted his attention and had many different games to teach phonics, spelling and other early literacy basics.
The use of screen related tools increases every year. Lap tops, tablets, smart phones, and other technology continue to get more portable and more affordable. A study by the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth shows that 100% of colleges studied use social platforms in one form or another. (2)
Some People Think Digital Media Is Bad.
Kids age 8 to 18 spend 44.5 hours a week in front of screens. (4)
WHY DIGITAL TOOLS ARE GOOD FOR EDUCATION!!!!
I'd like you to meet my son Noah. He was three when he started reading. Yes, really reading. A number of factors helped Noah become an early reader. We read together often and he loved to look at books on his own. But, one of the main factors that helped him learn to read so early was digital tools like educational computer games.
Because learning is so much more than just reading from a text book! It is communication and interaction!
By: Kristen Ruckdashel
Theorists are concerned that addiction to screens can cause serious social and emotional problems that can interfere with family, school and other relationships and responsibilities.
Potential Warning Signs
Loses track of time when online
Sacrifices needed hours of sleep to spend time online
Becomes agitated or angry when online time is interrupted
Checks email several times a day
Becomes irritable if not allowed internet access
Spends time online in place of homework or chores
Prefers to spend time online rather than with friends or family
Disobeys time limits set for internet use
Lies about amount of time spent online and sneaks online when no one is around
Forms new relationships with people he or she has met online
Seems preoccupied with getting back online when away from a computer
Loses interest in activities that were enjoyable before he or she had online access
Becomes irritable moody or depressed when not online. (4)
EVERYTHING IN MODERATION
Of course allowing students unlimited access to screen time is a bad idea. There are a few steps you can take to ensure students are making the most of their screen time.
Utilize parental control systems on digital devices
Pre-screen video games and videos to ensure appropriate content
Set acceptable time limits for game time
One idea is to have allow 1 minute of game time for every 5 minutes of reading done.
Do not allow video games or phone at the table during meal times
Set up times to play board games or read together
Because Digital Tools Have AWESOME Benefits!!!
AS A CLASSROOM RESOURCE
Such as...
Sharing of important announcements and discussions to keep members updated
Blogs and networking sites as a hub for links to important resources/articles/information. (1)
Reinforces School Pride
Mascot Facebook pages to popularize events, encourage participants, and develop school spirit.
Freebies like school swag and useful material shared online.
Low cost and cost free promotional ads can be formed and maintained for school clubs and functions. (1)
He also used a Leap Frog read aloud system often. These tools were fun and interesting and kept him engaged!
Screen time should be supervised!!
Anything in excess is not good..... even broccoli!!
When used correctly digital tools are fun, engaging, entertaining and help with skill retention!!!
Easy Access to Information
The internet allows instant access to a wealth of information, through news articles, online encyclopedias, studies and scholarly articles.
Tools such as e-readers and tablets allow for instant downloads of textbooks and novels with options like renting and sharing as well as owning the material to keep costs low. There are also free library options. (2)
Allows Students Options Other Than A Classroom Setting
Classroom learning is not for everyone. Many students who were unsuccessful in a classroom setting now have the ability to take classes online and are able to graduate! (2)
Improves Efficiency in Teaching!
Helps teachers communicate with parents
Makes keeping a grade book easier and more organized
Audio-visual aids, wide Screen televisions, and projectors can be used to improve delivery of instruction which improves learning and increases comprehension (2)
AND FINALLY.....
IT'S FUN!!!
Using digital tools keeps children engaged!
The characters, sounds and graphics are stimulating, eye catching and occupy the mind.
Technology such as white board or touch screens keep information interactive.
Students have access to learn more about what interests THEM.
Technology allows for more individualized learning that focuses on the student's unique strengths and weaknesses. (3)
Another child I watch in my daycare, Devin, loved to play a game on the computer called Age of Mythology.
When his class did a unit on mythology, he scored 104% on the final test!
Coincidence???
I think not.
Works Cited

1. Arora, K. (n.d.). Social Media in Education: Pros and Cons.Retrieved May 26, 2015, from http://edtechreview.in/e-learning/268-socia-media-in-education-pros-cons


2. Great Benefits of Technology in Education. (n.d.). Retrieved May 26, 2015, from http://edtechreview.in/news/705-benefits-of-technology-in-education


3. VanderArk, T., & Schneider, C. (n.d.). How Digital Learning Contributes to Deeper Learning. Retrieved May 26, 2015, from http://gettingsmart.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Digital-Learning-Deeper-Learning-Full-White-Paper.pdf


4. Too Much Time Online. (n.d.). Retrieved May 26, 2015, from http://www.ikeepsafe.org/be-a-pro/balance/too-much-time-online/

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