Embracing Play and Screentime for Digital Learners

Jordan Shapiro, Digital Learning Coordinator in Temple University’s Intellectual Heritage Department, will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Content in Context, Development and Delivery for Digital Learners. As a contributor to Forbes, Shapiro regularly writes about the changing relationship between edtech, especially in regards to gaming, and education as well as the evolving role of schools in learner’s lives.

  • On disruption and innovation in schools: “These trendy teaching methods, which mostly prioritize discovery learning (hands-on exploration) over direct learning (lecture, demonstration), should certainly be widely adopted. They can provide a much needed jolt of vibrancy to the hum drum of an ailing school system. But don’t believe the hype. They are not innovative. And that’s okay, because we don’t need innovation. Instead, schools need redemption. They need a change that sets teachers and students free from the fetters of industrial and economic ways of thinking about the world.”
  • On kids feeling guilt over their increased screen time in an era of digital delivery: “I’ve argued for teaching your children to think about the distinction between active and passive screen time. And I’ve explained that it’s best not to restrict gameplay as punishment unless the problematic behavior correlates direct to video games. Now, I’m struck by the sad fact that even in my house, where we talk constantly about video games and screen time, my children are internalizing and mirroring our culture’s neurotic love-hate relationship with information technologies.”
  • On the importance of play in early learners and closing the “play gap”: “Healthy societies understand that play is not just about superficial whimsy. Instead, it is about the kind of exploration and creative challenge that makes humans thrive. The freedom to play is the freedom to think for yourself, to make your own experience in the world, to have agency and autonomy. If we really value the innovative enterprising attitude that we so often celebrate, we need to cultivate a more playful civilization.”

Read more from Jordan Shapiro in Forbes.

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