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Technology and Spirituality: Education Advancements in First Nations Communities

Algonguin Elder William Commanda, from Mamiwinini, Canada stated in 1991… Traditional people of Indian nations have interpreted the two roads that face the light-skinned race as the road to technology and the road to spirituality. We feel that the road to technology…. has led modern society to a damaged and seared earth. Could it be […]

Digital Dementia – Guidelines for educators regarding technology use in school settings

Mounting research indicates unrestricted use of technology (cell phones, internet, TV) by children is resulting in negative impact on physical and mental health, social wellbeing, and academic performance, suggesting a cautionary approach toward the use of technology in school settings.  As rates of technology addiction soar, children and youth are presenting with problematic behaviours and disorders that are […]

Babies and Technology – What we know, but refuse to accept

Every parent on this planet knows technology is infinitely harmful to infants and toddlers, yet they continue to flock in droves to the latest technological device as if it were seemingly innocuous and benign. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I incessantly hear parents touting the latest new technology or program for their wee one exclaiming […]

Video Game Design – Criteria to Enhance Child Development and Learning

As concerns mount regarding the impact of technology on children, visionary focus on changing the design of video games comes to the forefront. Through strategic design, can a video game actually enhance child development and learning? I was recently approached by game designer to work collaboratively with his team in creation of a video game […]

Tech Diet – Four Tech Tools To Help “Tech Fat” Families Reduce The Use Of Technology

While the benefit of technology is obvious, inherent risks of technology overuse by young children are unrecognized and largely ignored. The virtual world is devoid of touch, movement, human connection, and nature – four critical elements for child development and learning.  One in three children now enter school developmentally delayed, one in four are obese, […]