Welcome to CTRLALT DELIVER: The Podcast Episode 31. Where this week we look at David Kapuler, Tara Lazar, Maurice Sendak and something else, but I got distracted
As new technology is introduced, it always faces the scrutiny of teachers and parents as to whether or not it is good for our children. TV delivering visual media to the masses in a way never before possible has been the topic of discussion for years. Are our children consuming too much TV and at the expense of what; reading books, playing outside or a multitude of other losses. As TV evolved, our children have become more and more accustomed to soundbyte delivery of messages. Lots of information, but at a very shallow level, with many of us, adults included, never bothering to dig deeper. And now the target for tech becomes text messaging and tweets. Are children losing their ability to write correctly because of using constant shortcuts? There was a recent article on Time.Com about our children being Wired for Distraction where they have found through studies that students that were heavy media multitaskers fared poorly compared to light use multitaskers. They went on to explain that “top-down focus”, where you set your mind to focus on something and the the part of your brain that grabs the stimulus of things going on around you are different, but both need to be developed. In a day and age where ADD is the buzz word for Johnny can’t concentrate, we need to be asking ourselves, are we setting our children up for that inability? Do you take enough time with your children to say it’s time to sit and focus on one thing- read a book for 30 minutes, work on an art project? What do you think is the best way to help them develop that focus?
This week’s KidLit Pick for Audible this week is Maurice Sendak. Maurice passed away on May 8 at the age of 83. We are all familiar with the beloved Where The Wild Things Are. And to have it read by Peter Schickele of P.D.Q. Bach fame makes it that much more memorable.
Our Audible Pick and KidLet Author of the week is Maurice Sendak. About 15 years ago, I taught Drama in my elementary school. I was given a trailer and no curriculum. I had traveled with the Center For Puppetry Arts in Atlanta and I had worked for Sid & Marty Krofft. And so, I was given free reign to develop a program. We performed poetry by Shel Silverstein, like “Hector, The Collector” and “The Giving Tree”. By far the most popular, though, was Where The Wild Things Are. A mix of live actors and shadow puppets gave the students their first real exposure to a multi-media experience. We created vines out of cardboard leaves and leaves made from old socks. As the vines “grew and grew and grew”, fishing line made the vines snake up the sides of the trailer walls. The parents were impressed and the students were proud of their creation. For that, Maurice Sendak will always hold a very special place in my heart.
Read more: This week’s EdTech spotlight falls on David Kapuler
@dkapuler Tech Integration, web design, networking/server support, Mac Guy, 10 + years!!
His blog is called Technology Tidbits:Thoughts of a Cyber Hero was nominated for best Ed Tech for the last two years by Edublogs. His blog contains posts about great EdTech resources like Gymnasium For Brain, a great site for puzzles and activities that stimulate analytic skills. My favorite, however, is Easel.ly, a site that is in beta that guides you through creating great looking infographics. Thank you David! Be sure that you check David out on Twitter @dkapuler and check out his website. Links are in the show notes.