Here are Ten Apps That Can Turn Your iPad into a Personalized Summer Math Tutor

Every teacher knows about the summer slide. It could also be called the “blank stares of September” — and it happens most frequently with fact and skill laden subjects like the Three R’s (reading, writing and arithmetic).

That’s because these subjects benefit most from practice, repetition and coaching — things that aren’t compatible with days at the beach, or a year of remote home learning.

Montessori Numbers: Learn to Count from 1 to 1000

As a normal school year starts to looks more like a reality next fall, many parents might feel as if…


I created a class for college undergraduates. The first edition of the class was taught during the Fall 2018 Semester at TCNJ.

IMM 470–01 Topics in Interactive Multimedia

The Methods of Fred Rogers

SYLLABUS

This is a one semester undergraduate course for Jr. and Sr. level students at The College of New Jersey.

The class met once per week for three hours, from 9:30 to 12:20 PM during the Fall 2018 semester.

There were 15 upper class (Jr and Sr.) students; most of whom had never heard of Fred Rogers. The IMM program is a technology intensive liberal arts degree…


by Warren Buckleitner

There’s no escape — our children will grow up in a world that is very different than the one we grew up in due to new technology. These new innovations will seep into every aspect of their lives, which is why those of us with a background in child development need to stay on our toes.

How do you do that? By connecting the dots of new innovations. There’s no better place to start than the annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show) held each January in Las Vegas. The event is huge, with over 4,000 exhibits and 250…


“It’s the little things that make this game for me.” Chris Guest, after playing The Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening

Imagine — paying $60 for just one, single app. That’s unimaginable in Apple or Google’s world of “free” and “paid.”

Yet plenty of young people do, these days, and the result is an interactive media empire called Nintendo.

Last week, I attended Nintendo’s post-E3 demo session in NYC with Chris Guest, a digital designer and former TCNJ student of mine. Here’s the video of the testing.

He and I were given free access to the 2019 headliner titles, featured in…


by Warren Buckleitner in the April Issue of Children’s Technology Review

We humans have been given remarkable gifts. We’re the only species who can think about thinking and make machines that can make machines. But every 50 years or so, we come dangerously close to destroying one another.

“I am a survivor of a concentration camp. My eyes saw what no person should witness: gas chambers built by learned engineers. Children poisoned by educated physicians. Infants killed by trained nurses. Women and babies shot by high school and college graduates. So, I am suspicious of education. My request is: Help…


by Warren Buckleitner

Being a teacher lets you touch the future. Preschool teachers get a double dose. They have the chance to influence future husbands, wives, presidents, doctors and mass murderers.

When an early childhood educator like me sees the mug shot of a mass murderer, we think about the child behind the crime, and wonder “what went wrong,”

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who was nearly a victim himself, wondered the same thing — “how does a 19-year-old have the audacity, the sickness, the hatred to come to a house of worship (or school, or theatre) and do what he did?”

Could the life trajectory of this person could’ve been changed to prevent such a catastrophe event? Yes, and therein lies the first step to solving a complicated problem. …


By Warren Buckleitner

From the June 2019 Issue of Children’s Technology Review

Our encounter with the latest Thinkrolls app inspired us to find other apps to challenge a child’s logical thinking. These are apps that offer leveled puzzles that would be impossible to replicate in the real world. They turn gravity on and off or ask you to jump through portals, as you problem solve to achieve a goal. It’s the perfect way to playfully exercise abstract problem solving. Here are ten no-fail apps. …


Congratulations IMM class of 2019; your thesis projects are DONE!!

(Right?)

Seriously your Sr. Showcase was inspirational. They give me the confidence to tell you that this class will tilt the world for the better. Thank you for once again being my teacher — I tested two new syllabi on you; so you taught me.

So… you made it. And now, you’re about to leave TCNJ and jump into a misty, unknown future full of huge challenges. Let me give you two final bits of advice before you leave.

1. COMPOUNDING INTEREST

2. GET A JOURNAL

Go out and get…


Link to the report summary → http://bit.ly/2V2C2JT
Download the entire report as a free PDF → https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/311664

This article is from the May 2019 Issue of Children’s Technology Review.

Last week the WHO (World Health Organization) released a set of guidelines for physical activity, sedentary behavior and sleep for children under 5 years-of-age.

Many saw this report as another condemnation of using screens with young children. Not so fast.

A closer reading of the document reveals that it is really an edict on the importance of active learning in the early years. Students of child development understand that this important message is hardly new. In fact, it is nicely grounded in child…


New tools to help you find and flag ethical interactive media for children

“It’s easy to say, ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” Fred Rogers

The quote above is displayed prominently in the Fred Rogers Center exhibit at St. Vincent College in his home town of Latrobe PA. …

Warren Buckleitner

Assistant Professor, TCNJ

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