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Media & Technology

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EdRev Expo 2019 Workshop: Improving Reading and Writing with Free Microsoft Learning Tools [presentation]

Did you know Microsoft has created free, accessible AT to support students who struggle with reading and writing?  Presenter Keri Chismar showcases how these learning tools can be used to support classroom engagement of reading and writing for users with learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, emerging readers, or a combination of any of the broad range of unique student abilities. Read more ›

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EdRev Expo 2019 Workshop: Taming Digital Distractions—Tools & Strategies to Keep Students on Task While on Tech [presentation]

For students with attention and executive functioning challenges, technology can be both a blessing and a curse. The laptops, mobile devices, and online access that help with schoolwork are often a source of endless distraction, leading to off-task behavior and poor performance. Shelley Haven presents selected utilities, applications, and online services that reduce visual clutter and aid focus, restrict access to distracting apps and websites at selected times, and monitor device usage and increase awareness of distraction triggers. Read more ›

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Tips for Discussing Suicide on Social Media — A Guide for Youth [downloadable]

suicide social media 492There are pros and cons to social media discussions of suicide. Social media can spread helpful knowledge and support, but it can also quickly disseminate harmful messaging and misinformation that puts vulnerable youth at risk. Read more ›

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New WHO Guidelines on Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Sleep for Children Under 5 Years of Age [downloadable]

WHO guidelines on screen time 483Children under five must spend less time sitting watching screens, or restrained in prams and seats, get better quality sleep and have more time for active play if they are to grow up healthy, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) on April 24. Read more ›

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Screen Reading Worse for Comprehension, Leads to Overconfidence, New Meta-analysis Concludes

According to a new meta-analysis of nearly three dozen research studies published over the past decade, reading from paper has a small, statistically significant benefit on reading performance.

One likely reason: Readers using screens tend to think they’re processing and understanding texts better then they actually are. Read more ›

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How Virtual Reality Can Help Those With Autism

One tool that is being embraced by therapists, counselors, teachers, parents and their children to help those with autism to better communicate and connect with others and the world around them is virtual reality. Read more ›

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Suicide and Social Media: A Tipsheet for Parents and Providers [downloadable]

suicideandsocialmedia461Mental health, non-suicidal self-harm, and suicide themes on social media continue to be an issue both youth and adults face on a daily basis. Experts recognize that youth engagement with social media includes positive and negative aspects and our goal is to help maximize the benefits while reducing any potential harm. Read more ›

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Social Media Linked to Rise in Mental Health Disorders in Teens, Survey Finds

social-media432Mental health issues have risen significantly over the last decade and the rise of digital media may be one reason why, according to a national survey released on March 14.

The research, published by the American Psychological Association, found sharp increases in the number of young adults and adolescents who reported experiencing negative psychological symptoms — specifically in those born in 1995 or later, known as iGen. Read more ›

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How Kids Are Using Google Docs to Bully One Another

google430As a parent, you might walk past your child’s room and see her happily typing away on a Google Docs page. “Lovely!” you think. “She’s probably working on her science report or finishing up her essay on the rise of RBG.”

Or, she could be in a secret chat room. Read more ›

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Screen Time for Kids Under 2 More Than Doubles, Study Finds

Screen time has more than doubled for children under 2 years old since 1997, a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics found, with time spent in front of a TV as the main driver despite a changing screen landscape. Read more ›

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