Kids can easily be addicted to their screen time. Parents have created rules for the rules in limits and bribes to just leave the couch for 15 minutes. But what if we have a clash, a place where screen time meant education? Where looking at the phone meant learning cartography, history, reading and civics? Can a over the top gaming craze, serve as an potential educational tool for teachers?
Many teachers are doing just that! Incorporating social media into streams of learning is not new. We are seeing more and more educators get creative to bring learning to kids across the nation. However, these ideas can be a double edge sword. Questions have arisen to how much information Nintendo can gather from personal data. Who is tracking the GPS location of our kids (and adults) playing? And ultimately is it safe? These are questions that parents and educators alike work together to find a middle ground. Bringing in unique ways to learn through social media and other electronic devices certainly gives an edge to education, so long as keeping kids safe in a digital landscape remains priority.