3 C’s of Digital Learning

In the last five years, children have been spending less time watching television, but more time tapping on tablets and smartphones. Given the increased access to digital media, there’s a greater opportunity for parents and educators to pay closer attention to how children can use these devices as a learning tool. To help parents make smart choices about the media they use with children, Lisa Guernsey and Michael Levine, authors of Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens, advocate “The Three C’s”: the Content, the Context, and the individual Child. Ask yourself the following questions…

Content:

* Are there signs that the content is well designed for learning?

* Does the content make sense for my child at this age, at this stage in development?

Context:

* Is this app part of a balanced media diet that supports children’s whole wellness and intellectual development?

* Do these games inspire your child to research and read more about the topic, and engage in related imaginative play?

Child:

* How does this media relate to each child’s individual disposition?

* How does a child respond to particular storylines and images?

* Does the child’s media use before bed disrupt sleep?

Tap, Click, Read will show you how to:

* Promote the adult-child interactions that help kids grow into strong readers.

* Learn how to use digital media to build a foundation for literacy.

* Discover new tools that open up avenues for creativity, critical thinking, and knowledge-building that today’s children need for success.

The book’s accompanying website, TapClickRead.org, keeps you updated on new research and provides vital resources.

Learn more in this article: How to Provide Kids With Screen Time That Supports Learning

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