Technological literacy vs. Technological addiction

Technological literacy

The internet is now a very important part of everyone’s life. It’s omnipresent in children’s lives since they are born and soon becomes a necessity to them perhaps equivalent to that of food. This is obviously unhealthy but it’s just how it is in most households.

New parents are increasingly concerned about the amount of screen time their children use. They set specific time limits for the use of devices or set up apps on these devices so that they turn off after a specific amount of time.

When these measures are implemented with children that have free reign over their screen time, tantrums are the usual result. Mostly because in a way they have already become dependent on devices and now suddenly feel lost and confused about what they should do.

Alternatively, some parents encourage their children to spend as much time as they like using devices. The logic being that the more time they spend with technology the better their knowledge of technology will be in the future. This logic is extremely flawed as explained below.

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It’s love a tree day! What can we do for the guardians of our planet?

love a tree day

It’s love a tree day today and we figured it’s the perfect day to mention various tips and benefits of protecting the trees all around us.

There are many things you can do to conserve trees (including planting trees, reducing any excessive use of tree products, and being a voice for trees when they’re unnecessarily cut down), most (if not all) of these activities can be done with your children, thereby teaching them just how important trees are to our survival.

Here are a few ways you can help conserve and protect trees:

1) Recycle

Boring right? And usually used in long speeches about reducing pollution. How does recycling help save trees? Well, it depends on what you recycle. Paper, for instance, when recycled means fewer trees have to be cut down. Paper is a direct product of trees and therefore the fewer sheets of paper we use, the fewer the number of trees that need to be cut down.

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Never underestimate the importance of Mother’s Day

Mother's day

Mother’s day is completely different from each family member’s perspective. From a child’s perspective it’s a day to show appreciation for their mother, from a father’s perspective it’s a day to recognize how your partner has been central to raising your children as well as you did, from a mother’s perspective it’s a day when they’re finally given the praise they deserve on a daily basis.

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It’s thank a teacher day!

Thank a teacher

Teaching. The noblest of professions.

That’s it. Poof. Any conversation I’ve ever had about teaching started and ended with that statement.

It’s a profession we take for granted. Every one of us understands how important the job is (hence the use of that noblest of professions statement), but we couldn’t be bothered to actually think about it, it’s always a fleeting thought.

Teaching as a profession doesn’t garner a lot of attention. Teaching isn’t a particularly exciting occupation, it’s no stuntman or celebrity chef. It’s a quiet job, that’s gladly fulfilled by people that are rarely ever appreciated.

But today, let’s take a moment to really think about what teachers do for us. Let’s not beat around the bush here, except for a really tiny percentage of the population, all the rest of us have only achieved whatever we have because of a really great teacher (or a few) that came into our lives when we really needed them. An image of this teacher just flashed through your mind didn’t it?

We’ve all had these mystical teachers that just showed up when we really needed them and got us to understand what we were struggling with. They’ve literally taught us everything: from the alphabet to integration of areas to the calculation of the densities of various objects. If you really think about it you realize that you can only speak, read, and write because of your teachers, that’s how fundamental a teacher is to our achievements.

We’ve got to remember that teachers don’t really work for the money (we all know teaching isn’t a very well-paying profession). This means that all those teachers we’ve learned from did it because they really wanted to pass on their knowledge to children.

Do you remember how annoying we used to be to our teachers? And they came back day after day to try and fill our little noggins with as much knowledge as they could. It truly is a noble profession.

If you’re still in touch with your teachers or can get in touch with them, give them a call or send them a text letting them know just how much you appreciate all they’ve done for you. It’ll make their day, I assure you. If you can, send them a nice little gift basket too.

Today’s also a special day at Kidvento because more than half the people working here are teachers. We’re going to follow our own advice and go thank all our in-house teachers for all the great work they do.

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Children choosing their own careers isn’t the worst idea (it might even be the best)

Various careers that children could pursue

Most people are currently working jobs that they are neither interested in nor care about. The factors that got them to the position they’re in vary from uncontrollable circumstances that landed them there to fear of being unemployed to being forced into a profession they hate but their parents believed would make them rich.

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Screen time, Children and Consequences

Screen time for kids

Screen time is a term most parents are familiar with. It’s a term that parents have been bombarded with since 2010. Are you letting your child have too much screen time? Are you providing enough access to digital media to your child? Does the size of the screen have an effect on development? What about the quality of media? These are some of the titles of screen time articles targeted at parents.

Based on various studies and advice by medical associations such as the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP), we can safely say that screen time does, in fact, affect the development of children.

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There’s no minimum age to be an inventor

Young inventors

When you think of inventors you’re usually thinking about scientists in spotless labs or engineers building machines in huge R&D centres but that’s not the only way to be an inventor. In fact, you don’t even have to be an adult or have a degree, you could just be someone that pursues an idea and sticks with it until it becomes successful. This article is a list of young inventors some new, some old but all very young when they became inventors.

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The significance of Earth Hour.

Light bulb of the Earth

Earth hour is an annual event held every year at the end of March. It’s held at this time every year because the northern and southern hemispheres experience almost identical sunset times. Earth hour is run by the World Wide Fund for Nature-WWF (not the professional wrestling company) and is a symbolic gesture about energy conservation than an actual energy conservation step. However, it can be noted that switching off lights, gadgets, and appliances for an hour can save quite a lot of power and reduce the carbon dioxide produced.

But Earth hour is a voluntary campaign and no one has to switch off their electronics for it. Therefore, the energy saved during earth hour over the last ten years has not been a very large amount. This doesn’t mean Earth Hour was unsuccessful because the goal was never to save vast amounts of energy by turning off the lights for an hour. Earth hour is meant to spread awareness of our energy use and it does so successfully with almost every nation participating in it every year. It is a testament to how global cooperation can bring about incredible changes and improve the state of the environment.

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Out with the old classrooms, it’s time for an upgrade.

Innovative classroomsAs time passes, the regular methods of teaching used in schools, mainly verbal and written, grow outdated. Whether the teaching methodology employed in most schools today is outdated or not isn’t a topic that’s up for debate because as we look back through the generations, very little has changed in classrooms. The way our children are taught is the same way we were taught, which is the same way our parents were taught, and so on.

Practically every sector updates itself at least once every decade to use the new technology and methodologies available so that they’re not wiped out. Not the education sector though, it just sticks to its roots and rarely ever changes a thing.

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