I guest posted on Edukwest. Here’s an excerpt:
Educate Me, Television
by Marco Masoni
My kids (twin 2 ½ year olds and a 4 year old) watch a fair amount of TV, certainly more than I did when I was their ages, growing up in a household with a black and white television that barely got 5 channels. While it’s still far less than the average child watches in the U.S., I’m pretty sure that they’re getting more TV time than many of my progressive neighbors and friends in Santa Monica, California, allow their children. Does this bother me? Nope, not really.
I’m in the camp of people who believe that TV is not the enemy. At least, not in my household. But that’s stating things as a negative. Instead of being somewhat defensive about TV viewing, what if I could positively encourage my kids to watch TV because it is a truly educational medium? What if TV became a friend and educator, not only for my family, but for households throughout the world? What if the ubiquity of TV could be turned into an educational asset?
YouTube for Schools: Wild Wild West Tamed?
I get YouTube on my television, as many people increasingly do through their Internet connected televisions. At one point, my kids were obsessed with garbage trucks. Showing them YouTube videos, via TV, of plain old garbage trucks picking up cans of refuse and recyclables was the only way we could get them to sit still and eat. Eventually, we moved on to YouTube videos that were in Italian, since I speak Italian and am trying to get my kids to learn it, also. The problem is that finding quality, age appropriate educational videos is a grind. For some time, I had been asking myself why YouTube didn’t offer curated selections of educational videos? Enter, YouTube For Schools. They compile playlists according to topic and age level, screening out all of the inappropriate stuff, so that schools can get right to the educational content. And if you thought it was just for schools, I’ve got a little secret for you. Go to You Tube For Teachers and you’ll get access to many of the same educational videos. To get you started, here’s a playlist I found on “long vowels.”
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