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Do preschoolers need mandatory screen time?

This is an interesting article. Have a read and then perhaps have a look at my thoughts… they don’t really specify what ‘screen time’ is. I like CCFC, but this seems manipulative. I agree. with limiting children’s exposure to commercial media (tv, computers, games, videos, toys, fashion, print images). But buy going after ‘screens’ rather than commercial media, they’re being anti-inclusive. The use of ipads for ASD children, the use of non-commercial children focused open source operating systems like ubuntu, non-commerical constructivist learning environments like minecraft or WorldofGoo, and social media technologies that have a positive impact on a child’s sense of self and knowledge of the world/culture/identity, all point to positive uses of technology. And as for the issue of obesity, food choices and physical activity are more useful solutions than removing screens. When I go into the an early learning environment and see them spending so time sitting around, waiting for teacher, waiting for everyone to take their turn (of say 20 children), lining up, etc., they’re not being physically active or engaged in hands-on meaningful learning, I don’t see how removing the 2 computers that are sometimes used, is going to help anyone.

Children are immersed in technology, and by ignoring it, banning it or mindlessly embracing it, we ignore the opportunity to constructively challenge corporate and commercial interests. Meaningful use of technology goes hand in hand with meaningful learning opportunities, physical activities and food choices. I’m not a fan of sticking my head in the sand :)

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mr pant is serious, originally uploaded by jasonnolan.

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Sockmonkey is DryerCat, originally uploaded by jasonnolan.

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Catsy asked What are your goals?

I usually don’t do this, but somehow I’m feeling like I can.

  1. I do yoga every day. I do just enough to get me going in the morning, but never enough to improve. I want to move beyond maintenance.
  2. Get a regular writing process going. I hate that writing is rushed and never really something I get around to doing in a thoughtful and reflective manner. I need 1-2 writing only days each week. I’m hoping that that’s wednesday and thursday.
  3. Balance my eating. I eat good quality but I’ve never found the right rhythm. I eat too little or too much, or forget to eat. This year I kept healthy snacks with me all the time, which meant that I was eating very often, and I think that that’s the best, but it needs fine tuning.
  4. Spend more time with Yuka. I tend to work 6 days a week and Yuka works less. I want to sync up our schedules more.
  5. Get tenure dealt with. This is cheating, because it will happen regardless. Though I guess I could let it run on longer if I did nothing. Getting #2 done will get me through here one way or another.
  6. Drink less wine. Just because it is sticking around my waist a bit too much.
  7. Make the EDGElab the most rock’n lab in the universe, and actually get useful, meaningful and conceptually valuable stuff out there.

Hmmm… I don’t really have any goals. These are like, ya, well… that’s life so do it. But there’s nothing that is really a ‘goal’ or something to be achieved.

What are your goals?

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It is as natural and accurate a depiction you’ll ever see of me in the inner orange.

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iTots crave Apple’s new toy says that the iPad will change children’s culture. Our research is suggesting that it will change learning as well.

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Early Learning Centre uses cardboard to overcome physical and social barriers of child with special needs by Antoinette Mercurio, talks about adaptive design work done by Edge Lab members.

Three-and-a-half-year-old Zoe Ross has improved her mobility by leaps and bounds after using adaptive design, customized equipment for children with disabilities, in Ryerson’s Early Learning Centre.

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Nielsen ->kids aged 6 -12 rank iPad as top gadget they want this xmas http://bit.ly/dYBFGN

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Howard Rheingold @ the EDGElab, originally uploaded by jasonnolan.

Having lunch with the lab members. October 10th.

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on halloween

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Toronto Island in June, originally uploaded by jasonnolan.

Toronto Island in June

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Rania’s working on adaptive design in the EDGE lab and came up with this wonderful bit.
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A trailblazer from birth

There was nothing ordinary about Aiden Rivera Schaeff’s life.

He was the first of some 20 babies born to a lesbian parenting support group in Kingston in the 1990s that paired lesbians with willing sperm donors and arranged for their artificial insemination.

He was the first child in Ontario to have two women’s surnames on his birth certificate and later watched his two mothers legally marry.

Aiden was born a girl named Caitlyn in 1992 but came out as transgendered in his first year of high school.
He told his mothers that he identified as a man and wanted to physically become one.

My mom used to work with one of his moms.

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Sarah, Alison and I got the chance to show off our Adaptive Design work we’re doing at the EDGE lab last month. Here are some of the pictures.
showing our adaptive designs

showing our adaptive designs

showing our adaptive designs

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New video I shot today:

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Ya. In case you’ve noticed. Since everyone else is blogging less, and twittering more, I’m following the hogs. Actually, that might be true. Fact is, I’m just too busy to sit back and reflect on what’s going on, and a lot of the business isn’t writing based, so I’m just not of an writerly bent these days. Either that or I’m connecting with people in other ways that are good enough for me.

I do miss it. I got stuffs to sayz… but for the life of me, I just don’t have time to play. :P

Be Well.

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