You're all about digital technology and you're advocating no more screen time?
I certainly am, however like all good blog twists, it isn't what you think!
Let's agree to put the gaming debate to one side and agree to only talk about using digital technology in regards to more conventional learning opportunities (for the moment).
I have had the good fortune to work with families and educators over the last three years and this is what I observed.
When the student picked up the iPad or Tablet it was to work on a pre planned, structured project that specified certain apps as the toolkit.
It was ordered, safe and narrow.
I want you to stop that!
I want you to have your kids with their iPads or Tablets at the ready, a commonplace tool that can be accessed on a whim no different to their ruler, rubber or pen.
Messy, sometimes self absorbed, tangents...
Those self directed tangents, fuelled by curiosity, spark the love of learning.
The magic is in that, really, I've seen it!
Are you brave enough?
Giving up just a little bit of control can reap huge benefits, deeper learning, meaningful engagement. When I see digital projects from a group of students that all look the same, I feel like to weep!
Let your kids choose their own tools (apps) and let them decide how they will illustrate what they know (or not).
Here are my favourite (used daily) "on the fly" tech tools;