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Hi Zainab. It is certainly a

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Hi Zainab.

It is certainly a question. There is some research supporting the fact that all people need to take periodic breaks from screens from their health. I found an article when researching this post about "60 second breaks" but now can't recall where I read it.

I think "it depends" will still be the answer. I don't know if there is a definitive study at this point.
Beth

K-12 teacher from UAE, Dubai

Thank you for the bringing

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Thank you for the bringing this up. I am always thinking about this. I am online teacher and my students set infront of screens more than 10 hours a day.. How can this affect their understanding ?

It's a good reminder

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It's a good reminder (appropriate, meaningful and empowering ways learning) of what we need to be doing as teachers whether we are using technology or not. Thanks, Eddy

Thank you so much for this

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Thank you so much for this post, screen time is a concern that a lot of people express.
It's a balance we have to consider. Students and teachers will benefit from using technology as it can support instruction with visualizations, simulations, and interactive technologies. It's an excellent point to get parents involved in this conversation.

Communications & Instruction at EdTechTeacher

Hi Sandra. You make an

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Hi Sandra.

You make an excellent point about competing with parents! I really liked this article from last fall - A Student's Plea to Put Down Your Smartphone http://www.edudemic.com/student-plea-smartphone/

Beth

Communications & Instruction at EdTechTeacher

Hi Bob. I agree that it would

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Hi Bob.
I agree that it would be difficult to teach the concept solely with media. However, it could be a good way to reinforce as well as to provide students with an opportunity to donate their understanding back to a broader audience.
Beth

President, NJ Association for Middle Level Education

I have often found students

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I have often found students who are reluctant to participate in class behind the alpha students, become actively involved in online discussions. I use the SCAN tool at Tregoed.org for discussing scenarios involving different points of view. Students use screen names and avatars (I have their initials) which is somewhat liberating for some!
I think that the discussion about screen time is fascinating as so many adults have become addicted to their screens. How many kids compete with their parent's cell phones and tablets for attention?

Editor, Digital Charlotte

Near, far and an alternative

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Near, far and an alternative -- The beginning of Beth's article, on teaching 'near' and 'far,' reminds me of the old Italian word 'codesto,' meaning 'that which is near to you but far from me.' It would be difficult to teach this concept using online media.

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