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Addressing Parental Anger: A Way In to Re-Wiring Habits

  In the US, psychologists like Steven Stosny point to a link between anger and parental feelings of inadequacy. While the situations he cites will ring true to many of us as parents: the end of a bad day is likely to set off reactions, etc., I would advocate for a nuts-and-bolts, practical review of … Continue reading

How Do We See Media in Relationship to Love and Health? Finding a Middle Way.
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How Do We See Media in Relationship to Love and Health? Finding a Middle Way.

Wanted to share with you. Spread the word. Richard Whittaker, founder and publisher of Works and Conversations, interviewed me when I was in California in the Spring. I appreciate that it was picked up by The Daily Good. In the speeches, panel presentations, and workshops I’ve given, people express the need for a “middle way.”  … Continue reading

Technology and Media in Religious Education?
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Technology and Media in Religious Education?

Yes, that’s a question mark. Education in American society is at a watershed moment evidenced by “flipped classrooms,” synchronous and asynchronous online learning and the exchange of resources and information via social media and Google tools. Then, there’s “gamification.” Religious education is no exception and there’s no doubt, as Bud Horell points out in his … Continue reading

Possible Marriage: “Medical” and Media Literacy Approaches to Technology in Early Childhood
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Possible Marriage: “Medical” and Media Literacy Approaches to Technology in Early Childhood

Reading “Media Literacy In Early Childhood: Inquiry-Based Technology Integration” by Faith Rogow sharpened my understanding of the different paradigms that govern thinking about technology in early childhood education. First, the fundamental difference between what Rogow calls the “medical model” based on the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Media Literacy Educators model … Continue reading

Entertainment Media Educates
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Entertainment Media Educates

“Experts Defend Videogames’ Educational Role,” La Prensa’s article on a study from researchers at the Open University of Catalonia, caught my eye. What the researchers point to is the need for Ludoliteracy, an understanding of how video games work, what they teach and how they influence us as humans. They point to the marginalization of … Continue reading