When to Tell Your Child to Take a Break from Technology

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Taking a break from technology

In the electronically advanced world we live in today, technology is everywhere. You can find toys, games, and even tablets and other complicated devices that are aimed directly at the children. After watching a children’s television station for just a few minutes, you will see numerous advertisements for all types of electronic devices. The question you ask yourself is, are these appropriate for your little one? What you want for your own child is going to differ from what your neighbor thinks is okay for their kids to play with. This is something that has never changed. Click read more below to continue reading.

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Bringing Technology into the Classroom

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Technology in the Classroom

In this technically advanced world, you can see everyone around you using various electronic devices to stay connected. These are commonly used in the forms of computers, tablets, and smartphones. What are people doing? Chances are they are going through their emails, sending or reading text messages, or checking up on social media. There are, however, many other uses for these illuminated machines that are commonly seen in the hands of people of all ages.

If you know children, you know how interested they are in running technological devices. Not only do they enjoy it, they are good at it. Kids of the new millennium have grown up surrounded by complex machines that were not as accessible 10 or 20 years ago. Your students can pick up a cell phone and search the web for their favorite game without ever asking for help. How can you turn this into a teaching experience? Bring technology into the classroom.

Many schools have the fortune of having some of the latest technology. But those that don't will likely see more of it in the near future. The first thing you need to do is learn how to operate these devices in the event that you do not already know the basics. Next, you begin to search around for different learning ideas. Many of the iPads and tablets that are being introduced into schools have the capability of downloading hundreds of thousands of different applications. The applications you see your kids using, or maybe the ones you use yourself are probably not very educational. There are a lot of games and other downloads that are not made for learning. However, the beneficial ones are just as easy to find.

If you have kids that are struggling in certain areas, you can check out some of the latest apps as one way to work towards improvement. More often than not, kids are not learning because they aren’t engaged with what is going on. If they are tired of the same teaching style for everything they do eight hours a day, switch it up with something different. There are programs for every subject that is taught in the classroom. Math, science, reading, spelling, history, and more can be found at a low cost and in some instances even free.

When your students are not progressing the way you want them to, it is time to switch things up. Make it fun for them. When they are having fun, they are going to pay attention and be excited about what you are teaching them. That is what being a teacher all is about. For those wonderful teachers working in districts with small budgets, there are great platforms like www.DonorsChoose.org that help teachers fund the ability to bring in new technology & resources needed to help students succeed. 

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New Technology in Education Heading Into 2015

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2015 Educational Trends

New Technology in Education Heading Into 2015 Technology has revolutionized the world in all the aspects of life from a single flower cross breed to man leaving behind his marks on skies. You may consider how fast things are evolving and wish to keep up and advance with the changing trends. New methods are also being adopted in education. Likewise, stepping into 2015, we review some new educational trends for this year.

Personalized and customized learning Teachers are often interested in discovering new methods to keep the students indulged in a particular task and the best mix of digital learning tools for each and every student. They make different approaches such as project-based learning, game-based learning and  maker education will continue to be explored as personalized blended learning models. Such innovations will improve the approach to quality content. Device agnostic learning Teachers are always looking for new creative ways to get students' talent to flow. In 2013, Makey Makey setup people’s mind that they can turn every object into a KEYPAD and search then. It is expected that more electronic tools will be emerging just like digital dictionaries, digital diaries and much more that are changing and molding the educational trends.

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Mobile learning Mobile learning apps are expected to be improved in the next year that is great source of “distinct education”. Group chats and conference meeting make a group study stress free. Technology for flipped-learning The rationale behind the flipped class, a method of education in which the students watch online or on board videos, lectures either in class or at home just to make the student realize the beneficial way of using their devices,  is to engage learners in and out of the classroom. This approach makes the students learn the lesson in an environment full of fun. Actually a student only gains the root of the concept when he is enjoying it. If you are pressurizing him to pour the lesson into his mind, then you are doing nothing but wasting energy. Experts are agreed that flipped class rooms are far away better than the older LMS (learning management system) as the videos/lectures enhance the interactivity. Analytics should also be recorded so as to measure the students’ interests and adopting those respective modes.

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3D Printing 3-D printing has revolutionized the world in the past year. An exact 3-D print of a sample can be obtained and is cheap. This would mainly help the students in creating new project and models that better explain the words. Teacher Guide 2014/2015 Here is a little guide for the teachers to follow to enhance their skills. Teachers should consider:

• The Power of the Modern Teacher
• The Benefits of Digital Notes & group studies.
• Encouraging Collaborative Learning
• Which one is better? The “Inverted Class” or “Flipped Classroom”
• Twitter In The Classroom: better  Ideas For Teachers
• Google & Education: search engines to approach relevant stuff
• Ready-made Resources to Use in the Classroom So education field will also get benefit from the changing trends and such efforts would make children attract towards the learning platforms.

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5 Affordable Tech Gift Ideas for Kids

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Kids Tablet Alternatives - Kids Holiday Gift Ideas

We are in an electronic age and our children are mastering gadgets and devices at a younger age. As a result, technology has become a more commonplace in the realm of fun and education. With a shift in focus, children are not as easily entertained by traditional children’s games. As the holidays approach, many parents and educators are looking for gifts that are fun and educational at the same time.

Today, there are so many brand new options that give students access to educational toys, apps, and games. With so many different options available, this has created an opportunity to customize and personalize their experience based on their specific needs, such as reading, writing, mathematics, communication, socializing and much more. We found five tech toys that are fun, educational and affordable. Click Read More Below to continue reading.

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