Schools experience pressure to have tech on their campuses from tech companies, administration, and others. Schools want to do well by their students and tech has been sold as a quick fix.Read More
Changemakers are working to create learning environments free from cell phone distractions. Read more about the momentum.Read More
As this school year winds down, we are hearing from teachers, parents and principals from all over the country about how many have already or are in the process of changing their school’s cell phone policies.Read More
Let’s have a conversation about non-cellphone computers in schools—all the computers, iPads, Chromebooks and such. The question is not should computers be in schools but for what use and how often, and how much.Read More
Homework Hygiene is a term I coined and is about helping kids develop effective practices around homework such as writing to-do lists, developing the habit of prioritizing the list and checking things off.Read More
The main finding is alarming: The majority of middle schools (55%) allow students to carry a cell phone on them all day. Only 45% of middle schools require students put their phones away for the day. Yet, our survey found parents want something different.Read More
The average high school starts at 7:59 AM, with some starting as early as 7:00 AM. Studies show lack of sleep affects our teens well being. Now, many schools are shifting their start times.Read More
A principal in Washington DC challenged her 8th & 9th graders to forgo any type of screen time every Tuesday throughout the whole summer in exchange for $100.Read More
In the past couple of months, I visited schools where the teachers talked to me about concerns over kids and cell phones during field trips.Read More
When I visit schools across the country, I am consistently surprised that students, parents and even teachers are frequently unsure of the cell phone policies at their school. Wouldn't it be great if we had data on how often middle schools allow students to have cell phones with them all day? And wouldn’t it be great if we knew what policies parents want?Read More
Teens all over the world are streaming the Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why.” The series, based on the young adult novel by Jay Asher, explores hard issues like online bullying, rape, and suicide. Because youth today so often watch shows alone on their personal devices, it is imperative that we engage and have conversations with our teens about these intense subjects.Read More
How many times have you or your kids pulled out a phone at dinner to quickly get the answer to a question that comes up? Knowledge-on-demand is the norm now but I am concerned it takes away from interesting, deeper conversations and interrupts dialogue.Read More
NBC's Today Show ran a piece this week where 10th grade students at a school in Tumwater, Washington watched Screenagers and then had the chance to do a one-week digital detox and be filmed for TV. Only some kids agreed to do it and the results were unexpected. Watch this with your kids! My kids thought it was really well done.Read More
Tech Talk Tuesday #32
What is a phone's role at school?
My daughter is in 9th grade in a junior high, and my son in the high school, and it seems every year they, and I, are not entirely clear on the rules at school around cellphones. Tessa tells me that one teacher has a zero tolerance policy. On the first day he told them that if he catches them with a phone, he will put it on his desk—In this first week, he has not confiscated one during her class. Another “more chill” (in Tessa’s words) teacher says if you finish your work you can be on your phone. He added that there are “appropriate times to be on your phone and non-appropriate times.” I’m eager to have a Tech Talk Tuesday tonight with my kids about how this is all working...the different rules, their desire to check their phones versus their need to pay attention, etc.Read More
Tech Talk Tuesday #31
How do you balance homework and screentime?
Screen time and homework can be a real problem. Our children often need screens to do their homework and then are automatically vulnerable to distraction when they need concentration the most. Famous research out of Stanford showed that when people multitask they feel as if they are doing better and better at the different tasks but actually they are doing worse and worse on all of them.Read More
As summer break nears its final days and I see the fall frenzy of school-and-everything-else schedules coming my way, I am preparing for the transition. Amidst considerations around supplies, extracurriculars, transportation, and meals is of course…managing screen time.Read More
Tech Talk Tuesday #28
How do you use technology creatively?
When we screened Screenagers to employees at Pixar, the organizer Guido Quaroni, V.P. of Software R&D at Pixar (and also the voice Guido in Cars) and I talked about their recruitment efforts. He told me that the hardest people to find for Pixar were good story writers, animators, designers... not programmers. The creatives, however, he said ... "Ahhh, man, that is hard."Read More