Childhood in the Digital Age (Week 4) #FLdigitalkid15

1) Intro Video Looking into the future, and particularly how technology has/is affected/ing education in the classroom. How do parents support what is going on in the classroom? 2) What could the future look like? The Khan Academy, it’s popularity, and the notion of the flipped classroom. Khan sells the notion of the platform as being able to help teach the individual, rather than what the whole class needs to know – it sees where Continue Reading →

Childhood in the Digital Age (Week 3) #FLdigitalkid15

Week 3: Learning to Think in a Digital Age What subtle changes are there in our behaviours after being immersed in digital device usage? Video:┬áLearning, technology and all things digital People sometimes problem solve through pre-thinking (focused learning), sometimes experiment (which games particularly use), sometimes observe, interact & learn (literacy). Article: A Pyramid of Digital Engagement We’re looking at Steve Wheeler’s pyramid of digital engagement, in that we often start with watching, lurking and reading, Continue Reading →

Childhood in the Digital Age (Week 2) #FLdigitalkid15

Onto week 2 on Childhood in a Digital Age from the OU. Video: Children’s Development How is digital technology changing children’s relationships and shaping their online identities? Looking at online/offline relationships and connectivity – what is it doing to children’s development, and what’s positive/problematic ‘compared to’ face-to-face relationships. Video: Homo Interneticus Drawing upon the work of Aleks Krotoski, Susan Greenfield, and Sherry Turkle, I think this is a segment of ‘The Virtual Revolution‘ (2009 or Continue Reading →

Childhood in the Digital Age (Week 1) #FLdigitalkid15

This four-week course from the OU draws upon the expertise of a developmental psychologist, and a researcher in early literacy – both different aspects from mine, which comes from that of a social media/communications specialist looking at what children/those shaping their environment need to understand in order to ‘enjoy the best and avoid the worst’ online. Intro Video How is digital technology changing childhood – and how can adults keep up? Touch-screen = accessible, but Continue Reading →