I may be a few year off with this review, but this 2009 documentary will now be a highlight of my college-level educational technology courses. The discussion of fair use and copyright is a difficult topic to teach. I know much more than the teachers and future-teachers I guide, but I am a far cry from an expert on the topic.
This movie does an excellent job presenting the opinions of highly regarded musicians who created original music, and those who "sample" that music. Well produced, thought-provoking, and highly educational. The online resources and curriculum at PBS are extensive. To top it off, the video is now available in the NetFlix Instant Queue.
My expertise in educational technology has always been with older students. My teaching experience is in middle school and my certification is 6-12. Having young children has opened my eyes to a whole new world of technological innovations, but it has also increased my concerns. What skills do I want them to have? How much TV/computer/LeapTag is "ok"? Will they be too dependent on technology? Will their teachers make the right choices? I want to protect them, but also prepare them at the same time. Below, I highlight some of the choices I have made with the best of my knowledge in EdTech.
The YouTube video above is of my youngest daughter. She is 2 1/2 and representative of a whole new generation of learners. She isn't able to use the computer yet, but the iPad is perfect for little fingers. I limit her use to about 10 minutes, a couple times a week. Her TV watching is also limited to a couple of shows a week (PBS or Sprout only).
My older daughter will be entering Kindergarden next year. She has become more interested in the computer in the past few months, and today, I just set up her own account on my Mac. The account settings are are strict: only allowing the calculator, TextEdit, dictionary, and the internet. The internet only allows the following websites: StarFall, Bembo's Zoo, Sesame Street, PBS Kids, Discovery Kids, BBC Kids, Crayola Digi-Color, Sheppard Software (paid version), and BoohBah. No software yet.
I hope this information helps other parents make smart choices, and I'd love to hear about your choices as well. What are your limitations for your young learners?
The new BBC documentary includes first person accounts of the role of social media in the Arab Spring. This 2-part series does an excellent job reviewing the upheaval and revolt in the past year, with emotional interviews from young adults in the middle of it all. I highly recommend adding it to your DVR queue.
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