Trends in Early Childhood Education
You Are Here: February 19, 2012
In this hour we explore we hear how primary and secondary schools are shifting their curriculum to introduce the latest technology for even the youngest of students. Our reporters look at how social media tools and websites are becoming a staple for children not old enough to open accounts, and how smart technology is playing a major role in special needs schools; providing interactive tools to help students learn in a different kind of way. Even the trends in the school cafeteria is changing, largely in part to new eating guidelines.
LISTEN: Intro- Trends in Early Education
Social media and the super young. Reporter Kathyrn Barnes looks at the popularity of social media and young children, and how parents feel about their children’s access to it. She ask youngsters how they spend their time online, and d asks parents how they monitor their children’s Internet use.
LISTEN: Social media and the super young
Reporter Elizabeth Gillis explores the use of smart technology in the classroom for k-12 students. She looks at the latest technology being incorporated in early education and how teachers are incorporating them into their lesson plans.
LISTEN:Technology in the clasroom
School lunches are trending topic thanks to First Lady Michelle Obama. She’s developed an intitative called Let’s Move, to get kids eating healthier and more active. Her focus has been on creating healthier school lunches with a focus on more vegetables and fruits. Reporter Melyssa Cantor looks at what is being done to create better lunches for school kids. She also looks at a recent controversy over what a student brought for lunch, and what people have to say about it.
LISTEN: The food revolution
For students with disabilities, incorporating smart technology in the classroom has opened the door for a whole new kind of learning. Students with disabilities are now using the latest applications on I-pads and other devices to learn in ways they never have before. Reporter Emily Files visits two Bay State schools for students with disabilities and explores how technology has changed the way these students learn.
LISTEN:Trends in technology for the disabled
Technology not only helps a student in the classroom, but it can bring the classroom to them. Recently online schooling for K-12 has become popular in many states across the country. However, some fear with the rise in online schooling for 5-12 kids, many of them will lose out on the important social aspects critical to childhood development. Reporter Erin Farley looks both sides of the online schooling debate, and explores how this new way of learning works.
LISTEN:The online debate
To close the show, reporter Nicholas De La Canal speaks with Dr. Peggy Coyne, a scientist and senior associate at Cast research Facility. She explains why she believes the use of smart technology in the classroom is an inevitable, and essential part of teaching and learning.
LISTEN:Extended Interview with Dr. Coyne
Reporters (in order of appearance): Kathryn Barnes, Elizabeth Gillis, Melyssa Cantor, Emily Files, Erin Farley, Nicholas De La Canal
Producer: Rebecca Morris