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Keeping Up With Tech-Savvy Kids

The younger generation has always been a step ahead in adapting to new technologies and platforms. Modern smartphones and tablets have allowed them to evolve into true 'digital natives' as opposed to their parents' generation of 'digital immigrants'. This generation gap has created a challenge for parents today in keeping up with their tech-savvy kids, if not staying one step ahead. 

iPad Parent & Child

A former teacher, now EdTech consultant, Patricia Brown suggests:

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There is an App for That? Tips from a Math Teacher

Schools are embracing digital technologies like never before. However, many parents have a mistaken notion that the tablet or laptop replaces the previously used physical medium, like the textbook or notebook. Some others acknowledge that it is a good consumption device, where students can review content posted by the teacher or school. All it takes to flip the switch is one look at a teacher using technology for learning in a simple and intuitive manner. 

Geoboard screenshot

Monica Burns, a former elementary school teacher in a 1:1 classroom, usesGeoboard - a virtual manipulative app - to reinforce math concepts and promote higher order thinking skills.

"Geoboard is an app that is all about the activity you choose to do with it, as opposed to leading students in a particular direction." See full article here.

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How to Protect Your Kids' Privacy at School

As schools are increasingly going digital, parents should be asking some important questions about what apps their kids are using at school, what data is being collected, and how the information collected is being used. If the whole issue of privacy is new and the phrase 'personally identifiable information' doesn't mean anything to you, it is time to get started and educate yourself!

Students using technology in the classroom

Dan Tynan, Yahoo's Tech Columnist, recommends the following checklist for parents:
  • Do your own research
  • Ask teachers about websites used in class
  • Ask administrators about the school's use of data
  • Monitor your school's web and social media sites
  • Read every educational app's privacy policy
  • Minimize your data entry
  • Opt-out early and often
  • Make your voice heard
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Getting Ready for Back to School!

Most K-12 schools are back in session (in the US) over the next few weeks. It is time to prepare to get back into the routine and get things in order. One thing to check on is your kids' devices to make sure they are setup with age-appropriate restrictions and parental controls. Done already? Ok. Here are some more resources to help you de-stress and stay in control over the next few days.

Back to school

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Expired Subscription? Here's How to Renew it!

If your subscription is about to expire or has expired already, you must have received an email notification. To renew your subscription, follow the steps below.

  • Login at mobicip.com.
  • If your subscription has expired already, you will see a notification like this.

Upgrade Notice

  • Click the 'Upgrade Now' link to purchase a new subscription.
  • If you do not see any notification, select Devices from the menu.

Devices menu

  • You will see a list of devices with associated subscription expiry or renewal dates.
  • Click Upgrade Now or Renew Now and follow the prompts to re-activate your subscription.

Renew Button

Note: Subscriptions purchased will be applied to devices using your account. If you need any devices to be removed, or subscriptions moved around, please contact support with your request.

Internet Safety Among Top 10 Kids' Health Concerns

Every parent has concerns about their children's health and safety, but sometimes it helps to know that you are not alone. The C.S. Mott Children's Hospital publishes a national (US-wide) poll based on an annual survey, and this year's results are as revealing as they come. Read the full report here.

Top 10 Children's Health Concerns Infographic

Highlights

  • Internet Safety is one of the top concerns in the local community and nationwide
  • Bullying nearly tops the list nationwide, second only to childhood obesity

Are we worrying too much? Stephen Balkan, CEO of Family Online Safety Institute, offers the sage advice, "let’s help kids to become resilient, by helping themselves and then helping others." Enough said.

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Browser Updates Available Now!

It has been a productive summer at Mobicip and the updates keep coming! In case you haven't noticed already, the latest update of the Safe Browser is now available on the App Store and Play Store. On iOS, the update offers a fresh user experience and fixes several bugs, especially the deployment server issue for schools. On Android, the update fixes the workaround issue on Samsung tabs, among several other bug fixes.

Download Mobicip Safe Browser with Parental Control Update from the App Store

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All New Parent / Admin Interface Available Now

If you're a Mobicip Premium user, you may have noticed the revamped Web & App Monitor already. This redesign brings some key changes to the parent / admin interface that you see when you login at mobicip.com to review your reports and settings.

You will notice that

among other improvements and enhancements. The goal of this revamp is to make the interface more intuitive for novice to advanced users, regardless of the type of device or browser used. Please take a look and let us know what you think and what can be improved further.

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4 Ways to Put the Family iPad to Good Use

Educators around the world are embracing mobile learning in what is considered a relentless and inevitable march towards the 'flipped' classroom. The average family today owns at least a handful of mobile devices, which invariably end up serving as modern-day babysitters, among other duties. Is there something we can learn from teachers to turn such free-form playtime into opportunities for learning?
  1. Consumption: Playing with apps is one thing, but it is increasingly clear to educators that making the incredible wealth of information on the web accessible (while making it age-appropriate, of course) is a vital cog in the mobile learning experience.
  2. Curation: An app like Notability allows kids to save their own articles, annotate them, highlight passages, add a picture, drawing, chart or sticky note, integrate a website or media, and add their own voice, effectively transcending what can be done on pen and paper.
  3. Creativity: Check out apps like Explain EverythingBook CreatorAnimotoiMovieGarage BandVoiceThreadDoodlecast, etc. Such apps put your kids at the center of the content creation process, which makes for a far more powerful learning experience than just consuming content.
  4. Connection: One of the primary motivations for kids to engage in creative activities is to share the product of their efforts. With family, friends, and peers. Create an environment that is conducive for creative collaboration, a virtual play network perhaps, and you'll see how it enriches the creator and the consumer.

Next time you consign the family tablet to its babysitting duties, think like a teacher. Have an underlying plan in place. As HarvardX Research Fellow Justin Reich puts it, don't “think of iPads as repositories of apps, but rather as portable media creation devices.”

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Making a Case for Self-Directed Learning

Unless you're an educator, you probably haven't heard predictions by thought leaders that the traditional school system is on its way out. More surprisingly, these predictions are being borne out by experiments where new learning models are being tried out.

Acton Academy in Austin, TX is a case in point, where a "Learner Driven Community - a disruptive approach led by self-directed learners, in a community tightly bound by personal covenants and contracts, using the full power of the internet to craft a transformative, personalized learning path," is being tried out.

Inspired in-turn by Sugata Mitra's experiment, the academy is attempting to create a new type of learning environment that is not bound by the traditional notion of a classroom, a school, or even the need for a teacher. Whats more, the results are there to see. "We haven’t taught any math. Not one minute," says Jeff Sendefer, a 'Middle School Guide' at Acton. "Instead we have relied on a collection of game-based adaptive math programs such as Khan Academy. Despite having many Eagles who entered with low test scores, all but one of our Eagles is now on an advanced high school math track." Intrigued? Read the full article for the top 10 surprising conclusions that came out of the program.
 
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