Digital Immersion questions to consider• How much “tech” is required/ expected/ encouraged/ necessary?• How can we support and monitor our children?• How can their immersion help us?• Where is this all leading to?
Advice for Parents (from Jeff Utecht at thethinkingstick.com) http://www.thethinkingstick.com/advice-for-parents-of-11-programs-2/ • My son attends a school where MacBooks are required from grades 8-12, and students use many different assistive technology tools. I believe that 1:1 is great as a learning TOOL, but because students have their laptops with them all the time, there is no “down” time when they have to use their own initiative to think, dream, plan, create w/o a screen. He gets up and will open the laptop before breakfast to play, he will play or noodle around with his iTunes in the car on the way to school, on the way home from school, and every other time that kids used to be unplugged. He is not creating, he is consuming. It is a huge fight in our household.What advice do you have for parents in dealing with this dark side-effect of a mandatory BYOL environment?
Advice for Parents (borrowed from Jeff Utecht at thethinkingstick.com) http://www.thethinkingstick.com/advice-for-parents-of-11-programs-2/• Remember that you are the parent• Create family rules• Homework should not take longer• Are they just consuming?• Conversation, Conversation, Conversation• We still know what’s best for them*• Disconnecting does not always mean no technology• We can be the best (and worst) example
Points of Reference• NIS Homework Policies• www.thethinkingstick.com• www.commonsensemedia.org
Homework: PYP Staff Handbook 3.006 K2 – Grade 5 Homework: Statement of PracticeNIS supports the development of the whole student. This means that participation is encouragedin Home Language studies, the arts, sports and for the student to have time to develop their ownhobbies and interests after a full school day.The amount of homework set reflects this philosophy.The aim of homework at NIS is to reinforce skills or concepts that are being covered in class andto encourage parental involvement. All students will be informed of homework via the wiki Parents should check that homework has been completed and inform the teacher if there is a valid reason why homework has not been completed. Unfinished class work may be sent home for completion at the teacher’s discretion. No homework assignments should extend over the weekend unless it is work for a unit of inquiry related project. Students in Pre-K and K1 are encouraged to take home books to share.Homework Guidelines:NB: These guidelines are for the total amount of homework set for the student includingany homework set by specialist teachers.Specialists teachers must liaise with class teachers to ensure that these guidelines areadhered to.
Homework: MYP / DP HOMEWORK GUIDELINESIntroductionHomework is an integral part of the learning process and will therefore be set regularly. It is anexpectation that students will:- subscribe to their relevant subjectsʼ iCal- check iCal daily for posted assignments- complete their homework by the prescribed date- develop effective time management skills and study habits- work more independently and take more responsibility for their assignments as they move through MYP and DP.GuidelinesFor all Grade levels:- students are expected to work regularly on long-term projects to avoid homework overload prior to a due date- due the nature of certain subjects, students may be expected to do some compacted work daily, rather than only on the days this subject is taught (Music, PE)- the guidelines below do not include time required for C&S activities
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