Taming Idiot Box

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Taming Idiot Box

  1. 1. Taming the Idiot Box A Talk on Reading Television, Computers & the Internet For Parents, Teachers & Caregivers Zarah C. Gagatiga Librarian, Teacher, Writer, Storyteller http://lovealibrarian.blogspot.com [email_address]
  2. 2. Parenting is… <ul><li>The best thing about being a parent is ____________________________. </li></ul><ul><li>The worst thing about being a parent is ____________________________. </li></ul><ul><li>The greatest gift I can give my child is __________________________. </li></ul><ul><li>Parenting is a LIFE Journey! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Taming the Idiot Box Television Computer The Internet Other electronic gadgets Boon of Bane? MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY
  4. 4. Media and Technology… <ul><li>Are not limited by the house’s walls, ceilings and floors. </li></ul><ul><li>Help level the playing field because it does not care what the user’s socio-economic status is. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides equal opportunity for learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Are in tune with the way students learn. </li></ul><ul><li>Are so much a part of pop culture and the real world. </li></ul><ul><li>Are brain friendly. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Oh, wow?! <ul><li>Address multi-sensorial learning modalities </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction is intrinsic and extrinsic </li></ul><ul><li>Provides context through auditory and visual stimulus </li></ul><ul><li>Ease of use and accessibility result to adaptation and flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Leads to higher order thinking skills </li></ul><ul><li>Simulates real world applications </li></ul>
  6. 6. On the other hand…
  7. 7. What to do next? <ul><li>Regulate exposure to these media and technology by setting rules and priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Understand TV ratings and website reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Keep TV and computer out of bedrooms (including your own) </li></ul><ul><li>Turn media and tech off during meals and homework time </li></ul><ul><li>Have a tech day ban and bond as a family </li></ul><ul><li>Watch together and come up with a family TV schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Involve yourself in the gadget of their generation -- LEARN! RELEARN! UNLEARN! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Let’s buzz! <ul><li>What is your child/children’s favorite TV program? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you think it is his/her/their favorite? </li></ul><ul><li>Agree of Disagree? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have any tips to share on the use of media and tech among kids? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Stages of Information Processing <ul><li>Infancy: Birth to 2 Years - Information needs can be met by primary caregivers in the child’s immediate environment </li></ul><ul><li>Early Childhood: 3 to 5 Years - Finds it difficult to distinguish between fantasy and reality; introduction to children’s books </li></ul><ul><li>Early Childhood: 5 to 9 Years - Decision-making skills on the Internet- as in many areas of life-are not yet well developed; emerging information needs; requires concept books and references for school projects and homework </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Preadolescence: 10-12 Years - much better able to distinguish between fantasy and reality ; information needs are expanding; decision-making skills are developing in more abstract ways </li></ul><ul><li>Early Adolescence 13-15 Years - Information needs are broader and relate to the world at large, so the availability of some external information source is important </li></ul><ul><li>Late Adolescence: 16-18 Years - Information needs are extensive in scope and depth and often require access to wide range of resources beyond the immediate environment. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Books vs. Idiot Box <ul><li>The same set of comprehension skills and metacognitive skills are employed when reading books and in using media and technology (Lui, 2008). </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional formats of learning like the book and printed materials are foundations for complex learning tools and gadgets (Hermosa, 2009). </li></ul>
  12. 12. Strike a Balance <ul><li>It’s now time to ask questions and give comments. Thank you very much! </li></ul>
  13. 13. References <ul><li>Book </li></ul><ul><li>Tileston, Donna Wlaker. What every teacher should know about: Media & Technology. California: Corwin Press, 2004. </li></ul><ul><li>Online Resources </li></ul><ul><li>How TV Affects Your Child. http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/family/tv_affects_child.html </li></ul><ul><li>What Every Parent Should Know About Computers and Technology. </li></ul><ul><li> http://www.familyresource.com/parenting/computers-and-technology/what-every-parent-should-know-about-using-technology </li></ul>

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