Ed Tech Talk Round Table 39 | Give a Child an Electronic Device and Run!

ChrisJamie and Michael discuss the articles of the week and share their edtech tips.

Articles of the Week

Newspaper-Articles

  1. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010). Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of technology, with serious and often life threatening consequences (Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012). Handheld devices (cell phones, tablets, electronic games) have dramatically increased the accessibility and usage of technology, especially by very young children (Common Sense Media, 2013). As a pediatric occupational therapist, I’m calling on parents, teachers and governments to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years. Following are 10 research-based reasons for this ban. Please visit zonein.ca to view the Zone’in Fact Sheet for referenced research.
  2. Several of these 25 items are enlightening and conversation starters.

Tech Tips

techtips

  1. iOS 7 took away visual cues like borders and shapes to easily identify buttons in apps, but that feature is back with the release of iOS 7.1.
  2. One complaint I heard over and over when iOS 7 shipped was that many of the colors used in apps and icons looked more like they came from cartoons. Apple addressed part of that with iOS 7.1 by making the neon green phone and messages icons less garish, and by giving us a setting to darken up many of the colors in apps, too.
  3. Time Stats tracks website stats and helps you to collects stats of the sites you visit. It’s quick to access and easy to use. You can delete the statistics of any date you want. You can also uncheck or remove a site from the statistics.

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