Guiding our kids into their fast-changing futures.

Just How Big is This Change We’re Going Through? Big. Really Big.

So, if you have a few minutes to spare to read some interesting research this week, head on over to Common Sense Media which recently released “Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America in 2013” (.pdf) In just two years, young children’s access to mobile media has increased dramatically, and use of other technologies such s computers, video games, etc. is falling precipitously. The implications are huge both in terms of challenges and opportunity. Either way, the takeaway is that this generation of kids is accessing information and content and other people in ways that we grown ups couldn’t even have imagined when we were growing up.

Related: The Wall Street Journal reports that pediatricians have set new suggested limits on screen time.

Where do you fall in the discussion over screen time?

Rethinking School…Seriously

We're always interested in efforts by existing schools to seriously rethink the model given the modern world of learning, education, and work that our kids will be living in. To that end, take a look at what Dr. Jim Calhoun at Castle View High … [Continue reading]

Pushing Back Against the Test, Author / Illustrator / School Board Edition

Over 120 children's book authors and illustrators have expressed their alarm at the "negative impacts of excessive school testing" via a letter to President Obama  Among the signatories are Maya Angelou, Judy Blume, and Alma Flor Ada. To … [Continue reading]

The Privilege of “Digital Literacy”

We've been saying for a long time that the real divide in the future will not be between those who have access to the Internet and those that don't. Instead it will be those who know how to use that access well compared to those that don't. This … [Continue reading]

Not Too Much Light at the End of the Jobs Tunnel

So here's a sobering statistic from CNN Money: Less than 78% of people aged 20-34 in the U.S. either have jobs or are looking for jobs. That means that almost on quarter of people in that age group aren't gainfully employed. And the reasons are … [Continue reading]

Desperately Seeking Creativity

The New York Times reports that a growing number of colleges and universities are getting more and more interested in the creative sides of potential applicants, asking them "off-kilter questions" designed to gauge more than just what shows up on a … [Continue reading]

First Take: The Back and Forth on Teens and Social Media Chapter #374

In our ongoing efforts to provide a (pretty much) fair and balanced digest of the ongoing debate around social media and kids we bring you this extremely positive overview from author Clive Thompson, who recently published Smarter Than You Think: … [Continue reading]

The Perfect Holiday Gift for That Geek Athlete in Your Life

We'll leave you this week with a taste of what the future may look like for all of us (once the price comes down) and with a gift idea that will make you the hit of the holidays: Oakley Airwave Ski Goggles, coming in at a cool $650 US. That's … [Continue reading]

The Invasion of Games in the Classroom

Angry Birds. Zombie Apocalypse. World of Warcraft. According to the Wall Street Journal  the influx of younger, computer game-playing teachers is driving what seems to be a "new frontier in education," one that teaches an important lesson that … [Continue reading]

Let’s Give Every Student an iPad…and Then Cross Our Fingers

Our friend Audrey Watters made what we think is one of the most important observations regarding the recent iPad rollout and, subsequent rollback in Los Angeles due to student "hacking" (and more) of the devices. In the Atlantic, she … [Continue reading]