url-1Ever wonder what your kids are really doing behind that iPad screen? What is your child’s Digital Nutrition Score? Or should I ask, what is your child’s DNS score, do you know? Is the iPad educational or just a big distraction? That all depends on you! Monitor your child’s time and content. Spend time sharing the screen to optimize time spent with your child and enhance your child’s experience. Make the most by promoting quality not quantity. You can turn iPad distraction into an enriched iPad education!

In order for your child to reap maximum benefits from screen time be selective about what apps are installed and remember to participate and play along with your child. Moderation is the key to life and key to beneficial screen time include modeling. Being involved with the game play helps children learn a task better than passive viewing. The general consensus says no more than two hours of screen time a day. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests kids ages two years old and younger be should be completely screen-free. We can’t imagine all the many owners of iPads, with children two and under, restricting it completely. According to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, the average household has 11 electronic gadgets!  This includes TV sets, gaming devices, laptops, iPads or tablets. For those of you who might be unfamiliar with the The Cooney Center, it is an independent research and innovation lab that supports research, development, and investment in digital media technologies to advance children’s learning. We recommend that all parents get educated and keep an eye on what and how long their kids are on any device. To read more about this go to An iPad is only as GOOD as the Content On it a previous blog post by TWA.

In my last blog, How Do You Know if an App is Truly Educational? I made many references to some educational jargon, subsequently several inquirers for clarification were submitted. Make sure you understand what is happening in the realm of education, here is a quick reference.

GLOSSARY of TERMS –

Rubric:  In education terminology, a scoring rubric means “a standard of performance for a defined population.”

Connection to the Curriculum:  Curriculum is the set of courses, course work, and content offered or mandated at a learning institution. Connection to the curriculum is when content aligns with the course work.

Cross curricular:  Cross curricular studies cut through traditional subject matter lines and explore relationships of subjects to one another.

Multi-player or collaborative play:  Process where two or more students work together to realize goals.

Scope and Sequence:  An outline of skills and information to be taught. Typically organized by grade level or by course.

Common Core Standardsthe common core state standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.” http://www.corestandards.org/

Intrinsic motivation:  Motivation based on taking pleasure in an activity rather than working toward an external reward.

Authentic Assessment: Refers to assessment tasks that resemble reading and writing in the real world, and in school.

Continuum:  Act, process, or experience of gaining knowledge or skill, knowledge or skill gained through schooling or study.

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