In case you haven’t heard the high tech world is hurting our kids. iPads, video games, cell phones, tablets and all having a devastating impact on our children’s development. Chris Rowan an occupational therapist discusses some of the trends.
Developmental psychologist Gordon Neufeld discusses how parents can prepare children to live and thrive in the digital world at the KMT Child Development and Community Conference in Toronto. This is quite possibly one of the most important lectures of our time. This is NOT about media and technology being inherently bad or wrong. It is about balance and developmental readiness. It is about what is best for our children’s hearts and minds.
A Fox news piece about a trend in the technology industry where parents are choosing to send their children to schools with zero tech. This news piece gets inside a Waldorf school in Philidelphia to explore what “no tech” in school looks like.
Waldorf students just say no to HTML and PowerPoint to take a hands-on approach to learning.
“Our children may not be the programmers of the future, the testers of the computers,” said parent Monica Prince, “but they will be – I feel like they will be – the CEOs.”
Waldorf’s philosophy is a stark contrast to many other schools that integrate computers and even iPods into learning as early as kindergarten.
So what do education experts think of Waldorf’s low-tech approach?
“The research shows that as long as students are engaged and engaged in inquiry, they’re learning with or without that particular technology,” said Joanna Goode at the University of Oregon School of Education.