3 Things to Talk to Your Kids About Before Watching the Super Bowl

Watching football is a favorite pastime for many families. But the sexism and violence on the field, and in the commercials, can send iffy messages to your kids. Learn three things to talk about with your kids before you turn on the big game.


From https://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/3-things-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-before-watching-the-super-bowl

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Three things to know about the iPad in the classroom.

We’re a little more than halfway into the school year and seeing some interesting uses of the iPad to support instruction. So, what does an iPad enhanced classroom look like?

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Ms. Steele, a 7th grade science teacher at Trail Ridge, is using the iPad as one of many tools to support learning about science. She shares that “with the iPad, students seem more engaged and are participating more in the learning.” You can get a glimpse into her classroom in the “Spotlight on Practice: Blending Hands on and Digital Learning” video from our Instructional Technology Coordinator team. Here are three things you should know about how our teachers are using the iPad:

1. The iPad isn’t replacing face-to-face or hands-on learning. Teachers like Ms. Steele are realizing that by blending technology use with other activities, they can better meet the needs of all students.

2. The iPad allows students of different needs to access learning. Many of our teachers are using tools like the built-in dictionary and text-to-speech so that even those who need extra support can learn alongside their peers.

3. Students are better able to organize their learning when all their resources are in one place. We’ve heard from many teachers that missing assignments are decreasing because students can find their assignments and resources on their iPad. Instead of worrying about the worksheet left in their locker or the assignment given on the day they were absent, students have access at the tips of their fingers.

How are you seeing the iPad support learning for your student? Share your insights with us!



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NPR: Screentime and Emotions?

Recently, NPR posted a story on a study that claims a few days of screen access can interfere with children’s ability to detect emotions in the faces of others.  Specifically, they said:

The study, published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, found that sixth-graders who went five days without exposure to technology were significantly better at reading human emotions than kids who had regular access to phones, televisions and computers.

Of course, the study was small and limited to two groups of sixth graders.  Also, the study isolated screens from the students by sending them to a summer camp for a week.  That’s a drastically different environment than being at home without digital screens.

But the piece was a good reminder – are we being intentional with our students about when, where and how screens play a role in their relationships?  How are we monitoring our use of screens in the home?  And how are we, as parents, modeling good screen behavior?

If you haven’t completed the Common Sense Media customizable device contract [PDF] as a family, perhaps now is a good time to do so.  In that resource, you’ll see questions like these:

  • Decide where you’re comfortable having your kid use the device. Can they only use it in family spaces, like a family room or kitchen? Can they bring it into their bedroom or the bathroom? Can they use it at the dinner table? 
  • Talk about what it means to “balance” time spent with technology, media, and other activities. What are some steps your family can take to balance screen time with face-to-face time? Do you want to make the dinner table a device-free zone, in which no family member (not even the adults) may use a cell phone, tablet, or computer? Do you want to set a curfew for when devices need to be shut off?

How are you setting limits and making decisions about your family use of media and screens?

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