Digital Curriculum:An Annual Goal

5 Jun

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I am involved in launch of the Digital Curriculum in our environment. It is an interesting process that I have blogged about here before. I would be really interested to find out about your journey?

 

Parents and teachers alike are sometimes worried that kids and students are spending far too much time looking at screens, and far too little time learning and reading. Parents do find it hard to make a connection around the change. Naturally, the value of a screen depends on what is being displayed, but parents and teachers have a point. Our tamariki almost always expect to see smartphones and devices as sources of entertainment and will interpret screens used as educational tools as no more than entertainment with poorer quality.

 

The solution to this problem requires some creative thinking working with adults willing to give tamariki some room to experiment. Everyone is headed for the same destination. We just have different ways of getting there.

 

Our students are naturally creative. This is one of the reasons why they are drawn to screens in the first place. Games, animation, and the freedom of choice are the three things screens give them. What adults should do to channel those interests productively is show kids how to be creative without a screen.

What if students could learn to make games and animation themselves? What if they could discover new things without looking them up first? Such experiences could inspire them to try newer, potentially greater things.

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