WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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video device monitor. Her 14-year-old daughter, who attends Wellesley Middle School, has an iPhone; her 11-year-old daughter, who attends an elementary school in town, does not own a cell phone. This mother's thinking is that middle school brings greater responsi- bility and freedom and thus the need for a phone for her daughter to stay in touch. But the phone also opens her daughter's world to social media apps like Instagram and Snapchat. "The iPhone is hard to monitor. She can't use it in school, but in between classes and on the bus the opportunity is there," the mother said. When her older daughter gets home from school, she's allowed a half-hour to "chat" with friends on social media and through texting, but then has to put it aside for soccer and homework. At night, the iPhone stays downstairs for recharging and away from her daughter's reach. Her elementary-school-aged daughter plays games on the family computer and sends emails. The day will come this fall, when she, too, attends the middle school, and she can get a cell phone, increasing the mother's monitoring duties. "This technology is here to stay," the mother said. "We have to figure out how to make it work for you versus how it dominates your life. The thing about technology that gets me is it's isolating. You see kids in a room on their devices, and they're not interacting. Of course, there's good technology like when kids can make movies together. They are doing something productive together. The key is establishing limits early on. Trying to implement them later will be tough." Technology Has its Place in the Classroom Technology indeed is here to stay. There's no further proof of that than in the classroom, where students use digital applications to aide and further conventional education methods. "Technology has seeped into our society to a point where protecting our children from it is probably a disservice to them," said Dr. Lee McCanne, director of technology and school libraries for Weston Public Schools. "They will have to leverage technologies in ways we can't imagine for them to be successful adults and navigate society." Dr. McCanne added: "The old adage about everything in modera- tion is certainly something we as educators and parents need to balance. But the tools coming online for students are tremendous. We need to teach students with the best technology tools for the jobs they'll have." Device use varies for Weston school students. Grades Pre-K to 3 use iPads at classroom learning stations, grades 4 and 5 are in a one-to-one program with Chromebooks, the entire middle school has a one-to- one program with iPads, and it's BYOD for the high school one-to-one program. Depending on age, students use technology to tackle math problems, refresh their memory skills, improve grammar, and hone their writing, and they use visualization tools for mind mapping. "We know screen time is always an issue," Dr. McCanne said. "There's passive use and interactive use. In school, it's about interactive use. We want students to partner and leverage technology for critical think- ing and problem solving. We encourage our faculty to use technology 158 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7 family matters "everything in moderation"

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