Personally I would be happy for dd to participate in a program like this. Kids need to be comfortable using technology and learning about integrating it into their learning.
Go to the info session with an open mind and remember that tech will dominate their employment options
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20-05-2016 17:42 #11
20-05-2016 18:00 #12
There is nothing wrong with a little bit of screen time, I just dont feel it is necessary in the classroom, & I limit the use of screens at home. Most sources (American academy of paediatrics & australian reputable sources,too) will say no more than 2 hours per day of screen time for a school aged child.
If a school child is engaging in ipad use for 15 minutes, 2 or 3 times a day at school, that adds up to around 2.5-3 hours a week of screen time at school alone. I just feel the time can be better spent when at school. I know it can be done well, I also know it can be an out for 'lazy teaching' (I say this as a teacher myself - I know there are good and bad teachers. The good ones will use it well. The bad ones will use it to be lazy). Too much screen time has been shown time and time again to impact children socially, physically, and cognitively. Emotionally too, but probably not with the content used at school. I just personally dont want my child engaging in ipad time for their learning. It's not for my family. I guess my educational philosophy isnt totally main******! I think it's absolutely up to you what you want and feel comfortable with,OP. I know if every other kid in my child's class used an ipad in school, I would feel bad for her to miss out, so it is a tough one. At the end of the day, my personal feelings would be to probably accept it if I were in a school that were pushing for it, even though I wouldnt like it!
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20-05-2016 18:59 #13
Tell me about your child's ipad program at school
At the school I work at in year 1/2 we use the iPads for things like getting the children to record themselves reading their familiar reading book so they can see/hear their own reading, typing in their personalised spelling words, type up sentences using words from the word wall, reading eggs, mathletics, heaps of other things.
But this wouldn't be longer than a 10 minute activity as part of their morning literacy session.
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20-05-2016 19:11 #14
Our school has 4 per classroom, so they rotate for lit, maths, research skills etc I would estimate no more than an hour a week. For me, that's a really good balance.
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20-05-2016 19:32 #16
Definitely agree with the religious element. My kids go to a religious school & spend at least 30 minutes per day in focussed devotional studies, often more. In fact, it is just integral to everything they do. So obviously it is something I highly value - but someone who didnt value religion in education would be peeved at the huge waste of time. I'm glad we have schools with different philosophies to suit our families.
20-05-2016 19:41 #17
20-05-2016 19:48 #18
See, I don't mind him using it for a short period per day during his English rotations. Or again for a short period in the afternoon. I guess what has me worried is a friend at another school close by says they use the ipad for 40 mins out of every hour of the school day. For me, that'd way too much for little ones. So im hoping my school is not the same! Small blocks I can handle. I'm just worried about it building up too much
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