Screens: I Screen, You Screen
This is for all of us, but specifically adults. They are not going anywhere, those magical glowing screens. They have become a vital tool, a necessary resource, a link to companions, a vehicle to explore the world, a method to play, create and innovate. We invite them into our homes, classrooms and into our lives. We have endless uses for these screens, big and small. But if we depend on them, if they are our downtime, work time, and playtime tool, what do we need to consider and keep in mind? In my world, I've found great success in placing the use of screens, when, where, how, and why they are used, within the context of values. For example, at home, we value conversations so we don't use screens when we have opportunities to talk (dinner, car, downtime). At school, we value choice in creative expression, so students are offered offline as well as online options. Whatever the choice or strategy it's vital to consider that screens are here and as adults our role is less about knowing the latest and the greatest (being knowledgeable of trends is handy) and more about asking questions, providing guidance and offering support.