NPR recently updated a story, in which the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is backing off screen time recommendations that have had reactions ranging from relieved to angered.
Roaring Fork School District is in the middle of a 1:1 Chromebook initiative, in grades 4-12, that certainly plays into the screen time conversation. Believe it or not, screen time is something that we want to keep a pulse on. Our goal, with the 1:1 initiative, is to help best prepare our students for life after high school. Technology, in one way or another, is relevant across almost all career paths. Because of this, we want our students to think critically, collaborate in an authentic environment, communicate effectively and be responsible consumers of information. The recent technology infusion into our schools helps allow our students to accomplish these things and be better prepared.
While a 1:1 technology initiative does equate to an increase of technology in our schools, there is not an expectation that students' faces be buried behind a screen for every minute of every day. Teachers in Roaring Fork School District are experts at their craft, technology is used at appropriate times and with appropriate intervals to ensure that the learning experience of all students and is relevant and well rounded.
Like the article states, there might not be a perfect stance on screen time, and appropriate use depends on that very use itself. At the end of the day, we do know that our teachers are using these tools to help ensure that every student develops the enduring knowledge, skills and character to thrive in a changing world.