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Gillispie School / Articles posted by Lisa Hasler Waters

Well over two-thirds of parents say “parenting is harder today,” than it was 20 years ago – mainly because of technology (Pew Research, 2020). Screentime, social media, and the very (tumultuous) nature of tweens can combine to create the perfect storm for parenting in the digital age. But knowing what motivates our tweens, and how we can manage the Internet that surrounds all of us, may be part of the antidote.  Young people, including tweens, are often...

During our week-long celebration of Digital Citizenship, students connected the Gillispie ICARE Values with their technology experiences. Our main focus was on the letter A for Attitude, where we recognize that we have the power within us to overcome challenges. The Second Graders helped all of us learn how to keep calm, even when technology gets frustrating. Through videos, the Second Graders helped us to understand the Emotional Zones of Regulation and shared with us techniques...

This past week during our Hour of Code activities we saw a flurry of young coders diligently working to solve coding challenges. The students were engaged and focussed. They showed persistence, drive, and importantly, joy in what they were doing!  The value of learning how to code extends well beyond just using a computer. Coding, more formally referred to as programming, teaches students logical reasoning, problem-solving and creative thinking. Some suggest that coding helps students to build...

“This is gonna be great!”  “Minecraft coding is awesome!" “CodeCombat is the best!” These are just some of the enthusiastic comments students have made this week while participating in the Hour of Code. Throughout the week, students have been using a variety of apps and programming languages during their coding activities. Our PreK students engaged in “unplugged” activities to learn about how to give computers instructions. They played a variation of “Simon Says” where one student plays the role of the...

Save the date for Digital Citizenship Week November 9 to 13, 2020! During Digital Citizenship Week, students and teachers will engage in daily activities to learn how to be wise digital citizens. Our Gillispie ICARE Values (Integrity, Compassion, Attitude, Respect and Effort) serve as the framework for how we learn and practice digital citizenship. To support our digital citizenship practices at home we invite parents to visit our soon-to-be-launched Parent Tech Tip page that will debut during our Digital Citizenship Week festivities,...

Below you will find some of our recommendations for apps that are age-appropriate, COPPA Compliant, and meet our standards for creativity. We have carefully curated these apps based on our own experiences with them and the value for learning we believe they afford. We also recommend that before you choose an app, game, or show for your child, you visit Common Sense Media’s Parent Tips pages, where they rate shows, games, apps, and much more and...

The FTC has created certain protections for children and their parents to protect their privacy, called the Child Online Protection and Privacy Act (COPPA). COPPA  directs operators of websites and online services on how to protect children’s privacy and safety online. You can learn more about COPPA on the FTC website. You should also check the site’s Privacy or Terms of Service, paying particular attention to the following:  What type of personal information is collected?  How...