October 7, 2013 · 6:00 PM
To succeed in the 21st century, children need more than rote learning in traditional academic subjects. They need to build deep understanding of foundational concepts and know how to apply them to solve real-world problems. They need to develop skills such as “executive function” (mental focus, flexibility, and working memory), communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence. In this talk, I will discuss these topics with a focus on how to design apps for kids that encourage deeper, authentic learning.
Jim Gray is a learning technology consultant, specializing in developmentally appropriate uses of digital media with children, families, preschools, and community settings such as museums and libraries. He has been a teacher of young children, researcher of innovative learning technologies, and Director of Learning at LeapFrog Enterprises. Academic credentials include a BA in Early Childhood Education, an advanced degree in Interactive Media Design, and a doctorate of Education from Harvard. He has been an advisor to PBS KIDS Next Generation Media and Stanford University's Program in Learning, Design, and Technology. As the father of twin preschoolers, he loves inventing toys and playful learning activities for his whole family.
NOTE: You can join this meetup remotely via streaming at 6:30pm PST at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/apps-for-kids. If you are attending remotely, please do NOT RSVP Yes! Only RSVP if you are attending in person (and please do come in person)!