If You Can’t Say It, Write It

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Every kid is different as well as their mental development. There are many factors that surround a child’s progress and that include genetics, their environment and the people around them. There are children who learn to read faster while there are kids who develop other skills better. If you notice, there are some kiddies at school who talk more while others stay quiet and they seem to enjoy observing more. This is only because nobody is created equally and every individual is different – this is where character development comes in.

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For growing kiddies, there are many awkward stages that they go through like the changes in their physical appearance, their bodies develop and even their mental state changes as their character molds into maturity. Because of these, they feel embarrassed or ashamed. Although this doesn’t happen to all kids, there’s still a big chance that yours might be one of those extreme introverts. When they suffer from this, they are too shy to go around, making new friends seems impossible, talking to their new classmates seems like a task and they are having a hard time communicating. Their social skills are too low making it difficult for them to open simple conversations. This is a common situation amongst kids and you don’t have to worry as a parent because they are many ways on how you can prevent his from happening. Through the use of technology, you can let your kiddies have an outlet where they can express themselves freely through free blogging sites. Writing may look like easy but it always develops creativity amongst children. All you have to do is teach kids to write their feelings or whatever they want to put out there and it’s already a great way to let them speak their minds out without forcing them to become instantly extroverts.

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It is always good to encourage your kids to do things that will develop their minds but we also have to remember that character development is important. One good exercise is through writing. These introvert kids have a hard time expressing themselves using their mouths and the best way to resort this problem is to let them write so they can address how they feel about a certain situation. They may be silent and observant but at least you get to know what they feel inside. Through online blogs, they can make a journal about the things they see and experience around them. There are plenty of free blogging sites online where they can customize its look and how they want to be put up. They can talk about anything and you can encourage them to write the things about what interest them. Creative writing is an important developmental skill amongst children as it widens their vocabulary, it helps free suppressed emotions, it expands their imaginations and creativity, it practices grammar and most importantly, it’s a great way to keep their minds active. All you have to do is teach kids to write and let them express how they feel through writing. Who knows, your kiddie might be the next Paolo Coelho!

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Like most people before, they keep diaries or journals in their bedside so whenever they want to write something memorable or if they are feeling emotional, they write them in their little books. But with today’s technology, you can have your own personal diary/journal online. You can set it to be private or if you want the public to see it, it is really up to your kid. Through your tablets or laptops, you can access free blogging sites such as WordPress, Tumblr or Blogspot where you can teach kids to write whatever they want. Tell them that suppressing emotions or hidden feelings is not a healthy practice so if they can’t share it through verbal communication, they can at least work on it through written forms. It might be hard at first to ask your kids to open up about how they feel, but through constant encouragement and the right reinforcement, they will eventually let their walls down.

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Once your kiddies have agreed to try these free blogging sites, you can help them choose to write about different topics and let them be creative on what they can do with it. By asking them to put good photos in their blog sites, you can enhance their photography skills and maybe opening up a new path of interest for them. You can also tell your kiddies that they can make friends online by creating popular posts that can be viewed by other kids who share the same passion or interest. By being updated on what is trending worldwide, you get several ideas on what you and your kiddies can talk about. You will be surprised on how many out there are writing about the things that you kiddies like and it would be a great way for them to bond with other people across the world. With proper guidance, you and your kid can enjoy these free blogging sites available online and you can share your most memorable moments together by simply being creative. For more information about the digital parenting, VISIT US now!

How Technology in the Classroom Defines Good Learning Experience for Kiddies

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Last week, I visited my dentist who’s also a close friend and heard her discuss with her kiddies the new policy in their school. “No more notebooks, just laptops,” said her daughter. Considering how we depend on gadgets today, I still got surprised that this is now a thing. But come to think of it parents, how has technology changed the lives of today’s students, really?

The Internet used to be limited in both what it could do and who can use it. Not everyone had a clue what it was after hearing about its invention. Today, teachers and students probably could not push through a lesson without it. In just a short time, the Internet became an integral part of every student’s life. The use of technology even became the standard for good learning.

Good learning defined

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According to some resources on the web, good learning involves kiddies enjoying what they do and having a say on how their learning develops. Also, it should give room for feedback, in which the students can raise their need for further explanations. It has to allow students to apply skills and knowledge to different situations using various methodologies as well. Moreover, it should be visually motivating, challenging, involving practical lessons, and giving room for creativity.

Technology also helps in the learning process of kids at home. There are various products available in the market, from e-learning tablets for young ones, down to tech products for older students.

With the things mentioned above, you can say using technology to teach kiddies in schools truly defines good learning. Here’s how schools integrate technology for children:

Research

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This is the primary reason students use the Internet in education. There is a wealth of info open to students, even those obscure topics required for research in the library. In China, for example, the site Lecture Outline Series for the History of China, allows students to research directly off this page and present their findings.

These websites serve as knowledge banks where student can get information instantly. You see how efficient studying would be if your kiddies have their own laptop or tablet? They can research on their “digital library”, find answers fast, and accomplish more school tasks than they could with the help of the traditional library.

One concern, however, is the quality of information found online. It is important that teachers help students identify credible resources. As parents, teach this to your kiddies, as this is something they will do until they grow up and get promoted to higher education level. Next is citation. Your children have to understand the seriousness of using one’s idea even if it was posted on the web. Introduce to them how to make citations and give authors the credit they deserve.

Simulation

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Simulation in the classroom has been uncommon despite many teachers’ reports on how kiddies of the new generation enjoy online work and simulated activities. Technology in the form of e-learning products available in the market effectively helps children learn about collaboration, group work, real-life problem solving, decision-making, and the like. What simulation offers is a somewhat risk-free environment, in which learners can experiment, make mistakes, rethink, and redesign — all without the fear of destroying something that can’t be easily refilled in a traditional setting.

Online Assessments

Teachers also benefit greatly from today’s technology. Effortlessly, they can create their own tests online on their own website. Students, on the other hand, will benefit from the convenience they get when answering exams now than before. They can even do it wherever they are. To top it off, checking can now be done in no time, as well as the computation of grades and updating of class record.

Now you see the convenience and overall improvement brought about by technology in the classroom. Indeed, it makes things easier and more precise for everyone. Technology in the classroom defines good learning experience, as it allows students to experiment, rethink, and remake without the fear of destroying something indispensable.

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