Dear PRUSD Families,
As the school year progresses, I want to discuss technology use and its impact on students' education. While digital tools offer tremendous learning opportunities, we must find a balance that ensures the best possible outcomes for children.
First and foremost, I want to emphasize the positive aspects of technology in education. With access to vast information and interactive learning experiences, students can explore various subjects more engagingly and enjoyably. The collaborative nature of digital tools also encourages teamwork and communication skills, preparing them for the future.
However, it is also essential to be aware of the potential downsides. Distractions can be a significant concern when it comes to technology use. Students may be tempted to engage in non-educational activities, hindering their focus and productivity. We encourage you to set clear guidelines and boundaries regarding screen time and ensure that your child understands the importance of staying focused on their educational tasks.
Another consideration is the potential impact on physical activity. Excessive screen time can contribute to sedentary behavior, adversely affecting their health and well-being. Encouraging a healthy balance between technology use and physical activity is crucial. Encourage your child to take breaks, engage in outdoor activities, and find a balance between online and offline pursuits.
Furthermore, it's essential to be mindful of the potential dependence on technology. While digital tools offer numerous benefits, it is equally important for students to develop essential offline skills, such as handwriting, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Encouraging a balance between digital and traditional learning methods can help foster a well-rounded education.
Technology can be a powerful tool in children's education when used appropriately and in moderation. By establishing clear guidelines, encouraging physical activity, promoting offline skills, and addressing accessibility concerns, we can ensure that students benefit from the advantages of technology while minimizing any potential drawbacks. This fall, all students from first to eighth grade have completed courses in digital citizenship that encourage positive actions when using digital devices.
On November 8th and 9th, all schools in Pleasant Ridge Union School District will engage with a guest speaker about the proper use of technology. “My Life Online” will be presented to all fourth through eighth-grade students and will cover the following topics.
- Learn the three key questions needed to self-guide their life online and make the most of every post.
- Practice the skills needed to be a critical consumer of online media
- Begin making decisions online based on their personal goals
- Integrate a higher degree of empathy into their online communication
- Become aware that their Digital Footprint has short, medium, and long-term consequences – both positive and negative
- Discover how to create positive opportunities and relationships online
- Start to craft their positive digital citizen identity
- Through self-reflection, students will understand how their relationship with technology and social media has changed over the past 12-18 months.
- They will know the questions to ask themselves before every single piece of communication they share online.
- Students will enhance their ability to think critically about everything they consume in the media and social media.
- Students will gain a deeper understanding of why this conversation is more relevant to them than ever before.
November 8th in the evening, any community member is welcome to participate in an evening about providing participants information on how to set up safe boundaries within the digital landscape, understanding one’s digital footprint, and reimaging social media. If you want more information about “My Life Online,” please click the link below.
“My Life Online”
Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership in your child's education. Together, we can help navigate the digital world and prepare for a successful future.
- Special Education Para-Educator – Cottage Hill
- Special Education Para-Educator – Districtwide
3. Calendar of Events:
16th – 20th Fall Break/Recess (No School) – All Offices will be closed during Fall Break
27th Cottage Hill Fall Family Fun Night
31st Halloween Parades @ Elementary Schools - 9:30 AM (approx.)