Methodology and Research

I interviewed many subject matter experts from a variety of stakeholders.I begin to understand the fear parents have through interviewing them.  One of my parent interviewees Adam Fujita said “We did not grow up in the digital culture. It is scary that we don’t know what digital technology is going to do our kids yet. “ One of my interviewees Wha-young Kang, is an Educator at Masuk High School.She was excited about Flipped Classroom which is a a pedagogical model where students see short video clips at home before class, so when they are in class, their time can focus on exercises or discussions. Unlike Parents, Educators see opportunity. So here is the the dichotomy between parents and educators. What about a designer? Jae Kim is a designer at Institute of Play, a company that utilizes technologies to create new learning experiences rooted in the principles of game design. She said, “If kids are addicted to learning like they are addicted to playing games, they can learn so much beyond textbooks.”

Digital technology is good for children
In my research I found professor Julie Mueller at Sir Wilfred Laurier Faculty of Education. She said a down side of using digital technology is what they are NOT doing when they are on Facebook. Kids want to be where friends are. That did not change. So they now use software program to receive immediate feedback on what they are doing, they never get tire and it is motivating them to decode and learn a part of their study. Kids can receive cognitive load to do more advanced skills of comprehension. Technology serve asa starting point. Find friend who have something in common , learn about culture across the world. They are growing up as a global citizen. Made them aware of who else are out there . It does not bring them in. It helped them to meet friends who they have never met without technology. For example Kids who have unusual hobby such as growing cactus or making miniature. They can meet through using software and have a deep relationship because of the same interest they have. Also there are a lot of article how this can be used in class. It can be used as an educational tool such as: Supplemental Teaching Tools, Motivate Students to Learn, Students Can Learn at Their Own Pace, Additional Resources for Students and Prepare Children for the Future. 

Digital technology is bad for children
The downside of the digital technology is also mentioned in a lot of research. ‘The Internet has changed the way people communicate, but some experts argue that social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter undermine social skills and the ability to read body language. Technology doesn’t provide the physical Contact that benefits wellbeing. There is a dose-response relationship, between the age at which children start watching screen media, the number of daily hours they watch and negativeeffects on physical health and well-being irrespective of the ‘quality’ of the screen material. Screen time must now be considered a major public health issue and reducing screen time must become the new priority for child health. There is nothing to be lost by children watching less screen media but potentially a great deal to be lost by allowing children to continue to watch as much as they do. By ignoring the growing body of evidence linking screen time with child health we may ultimately be responsible for the greatest health scandal of our time.

About children’s communication skill, Greenfield, a distinguished professor of psychology and director of the UCLA Children’s Digital Media Center, was most concerned about the social costs of our obsession with digital technology. She cited a recent study conducted by her center that found that sixth graders’ ability to read emotions from nonverbal cues improved significantly in just five days when they went to a camp that focused on face-to-face interactions. She also pointed to another of their studies that found that college students felt most “bonded” to their friends when they talked face to face, and most distant from them when they text-messaged. And, yet, of course, these students still most often communicated by text.