23. May, 2018

Our children at full speed in the digital world ...

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As promised, today the quick summary of the Meetup from yesterday evening, once again nicely hosted by Sipgate https://www.sipgate.co.uk/. Their latest product is called Satellite (https://www.satellite.me/), check it out in the different App Stores, if you are interested.

Main audience was teachers, some parents and a very small number of technology interested people. We had three presentations during the 150 minute session, see the highlights below:

  • Patrick Kathoefer from https://www.think-digi.de/ did talk about building robots for kids between 4 and 14:
    • Don't be shy or anxious, touch electronic parts, build something with it and start coding 
    • A lot of the Digital Natives are still Digital Naives
    • Digital skills must be learned, such as calculating, writing and reading
    • Use a Rasperry PI (https://www.raspberrypi.org/) as cheap solution for every kid/student, to increase motivation - take fear
    • Bring your mobile phone as your own device, take your own Rasperry PI to school and back home
  • David Klapheck (https://www.davidklapheck.de/) was 2nd, explaining why kids are addicted to mobile phones nearly 24 hours per day:
    • The first thing babies see after their birth is a mobile phone taking pictures. This is getting worth during the first 3 years of their life
    • Snapchat, Whatsapp and Instagram are the social media that need to be filled with information
    • Google with Youtube and Facebook with Whatsapp and Instagram are dominating the world market, with billions of users
    • Parents need to create early and ongoing awareness with their kids that you cannot delete anything from the Internet. Think twice before you upload or share anything
    • But there are also good things available, digitized in the meantime:
  • Finally the Paidimo team (https://www.paidimo.de/, only in German) did take the stage to explain their Android app:
    • The usage of a kid's mobile phone will change over time and with different ages
    • Parents and kids have to be in ongoing communication and alignment, about rules and usage
    • Some use cases can be protected by technology, others rely on trust
    • Parents and kids should have a media usage contract that is adjusted when kids are getting older
    • For 12+ year old teenagers a technical filter or mobile phone protection will not work anymore, as there are enough workarounds and hacks available to break it
    • Besides the Paidimo Android App the team is offering services as curated APP recommendations in the Google Play Store (selected by their editorial staff with media educators), same for Videos and Games
    • Google is just starting to go a similar route, see  http://families.google.com/familylink/
    • Feedback for the Paidimo presentation was collected with https://www.mentimeter.com/ a tool that is creating an online wordcloud out of data collected in real time, pretty cool stuff Thumbs up.

Children learn to smile from their parents. Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese - Educator October 17, 1898 - January 26, 1998