One of the only aspects I love about technology is that it is so useful in coming up with ideas. The internet is right at our fingertips and we can search for all sorts of ideas. We can collaborate with others, receive feedback, and create.
Pinterest would be my #1 favorite site for this! I have found a few people to follow in the imagination exploration. Activities and Crafts! Technology Management. Ways to set up an area to motivate imagination.
The other thing that’s really important is how can we help guide kids to engage their imagination when they leave the classroom? There are so many blogs, websites, books available to help parents enhance the imagination at home. Parent Map is an awesome website for parents! They have ideas to help parents through everything.
These and many other websites are great resources if used in a smart way 🙂
The first app I found that I really enjoyed was Screen Time. This app lets you set up each child individually and set their perimeters on screen time they are allowed. It has different options for weekends and car rides. The car ride option I think is great because it allows the child to have unlimited screen time once you are in a car. The other thing I found fun was the Award Points that they can receive if they don’t use all of their screen time given. These points can be set up by the parent and used however they would like. The example in the app was once a child reached 100 Award Points they would get ice cream. A parent could also add Award Points to a childs profile if they did chores etc. Screen Time also sends alerts to any phone so the parent can know exactly whats going on. The thing I didn’t understand is what happens to the phone once a child uses their allowed screen time? I think this would be a very realistic app for a parent to have to keep them aware of the amount of time a child uses a device.
The other app I really enjoyed was called Disney nature, this app would be really fun for kids because it lets them explore animals and their habitat. The app lets you experience the food the animal might eat, where you might find them and even where they sleep. The app also allows you take pictures and carry your device around while you walk. I think this app would be fun to take to the outdoors and create imagination.
I also found a great website that gives 17 different apps to inspire kids to play outside!!
The 3 questions I want to explore for this project are:
- What can we do to spark imagination as teachers?
- Is the screen time affecting a childs learning?
- What can we teach others– parents etc about the issue so they can do something at home?
Tinkerlab is a website that is dedicated to encourage children to follow their curiosities, test how materials work, experiment, and ultimately combine materials and ideas together in new, inventive ways. The website offers many resources and ideas to inspire kids creativity. Other states are starting to notice the issue as well and are making programs to help kids get outdoors!
There are also so many websites out there with great studies of children and their loss of imagination because of technology. One great website even offers why we should have a child like imagination; and research that proves it.
There are videos, blogs, news-articles, and extensive research on the issue of the loss of imagination.
The struggle is sending the imagination home and having parents integrate it into children’s daily lives. What can we as teachers do to inspire children and parents to live in a day of creativity and imagination?