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Educational Technology for Kids

Tim Green - Educational Technology for Kids

It’s no secret that we are living in a digital age. Technology is advancing at such an alarming rate that a Jetsons-style society is no longer so unfeasible. And while some believe that technology does more harm than good, it is impossible to discredit all the good that tech has done for us as a species. Business, infrastructure and philanthropy are only a small fraction of the industries that have been impacted by technology. One aspect of our society that has benefited the most from advanced tech is education. As a huge proponent of education, I’m thrilled with the new technological breakthroughs that are allowing us to do more with the way we teach our kids. Here are a few of the most exciting developments being made in the classroom.

One of the most touching stories regarding technology’s implementation with education has to be that of Peyton Walton, a young girl from Maryland who was diagnosed with cancer. Because of her radiation therapy, she cannot leave her hospital bed. Because of this, Peyton missed the atmosphere of being in a classroom and learning new things with her friends. Fortunately, through the power of technology, Peyton was able to virtually attend class. Nicknamed PAVS (Peyton’s Awesome Virtual Self), the robot is essentially an iPad firmly connected to a rolling robot of sorts. Through the use of the robot, Peyton is able to view the class’ daily activities, using the iPad as a two-way video communicator. And because the iPad is connected to a movable robot, Peyton can “move” around the class, allowing her to move about with her friends and speak to teachers. It’s not only fascinating technology, it is a heartwarming example of how much of an impact technology can have on our society. Allowing a young girl, who would otherwise feel alienated from her classmates, to feel included is an amazing accomplishment; and it’s all in the name of education!

Another fascinating use of technology in a classroom is virtual reality (VR). Virtual reality is pretty self-explanatory. Essentially, children wear goggles that are fed a virtual image from a computer. These images then surround the children, simulating a real world experience. It is truly remarkable. This technology has been around for quite some time, but it has only gotten better since its creation. According to an article from ARVRMagazine.com, when children use the technology, engagement is unparalleled. It completely entices them and captures their attention, making them want to learn as much as they can from the program. 

Technology is no longer an option; it has invaded every part of our daily lives. And it has been an incredible boon in many industries, particularly education. I’m excited to see what the future holds.

Child Literacy on the Rise

Tim Green Syracuse - Child Literacy on the Rise

As somebody who has dedicated a huge portion of his life to children reading and child literacy, I understand the importance of child literacy. The ability to read has always, and will always be, an incredibly important skill in adulthood. As the author of multiple children’s and young adults books, I have always pushed for child literacy. And that work is paying off.

 

According to a recent report from USA Today, child literacy is far better today than it was ten years ago. According to a test conducted over the course of 12 years at Ohio State University, students who are in kindergarten are learning now what they used to in first grade. This more robust, earlier learning has directly resulted in higher reading proficiency.

 

The study surveyed hundreds of thousands of students from thousands of schools in 44 states. After being tested in both basic and advanced literacy skills, the researchers realized that today’s children are challenged much earlier than before.

 

Professor of Teaching at Ohio University, Emily Rodgers noted the staggering difference in literacy rates, stating, “Children are better prepared when they enter first grade than they used to be. Kindergarten is the new first grade when it comes to learning reading skills.”

 

The test found low-performing children’s basic understanding increase in a variety of skills, ranging from letter identification to print awareness.

 

While this news is incredibly heartening to advocates for child literacy, unfortunately there is still much work that needs to be done. Jerome D’Agostino, a co-author of the study believes that there is a “missing link” between teaching low-performing students literacy skills and having them implement those skills in reading. Rodgers believes that we are focusing too heavily on the basic skills instead of offering “opportunities to actually read text.”
Regardless, I am incredibly happy to hear that child literacy rates, in any capacity, are improving. I am confident that, as we continue to study and adapt our literacy curriculums, we will one day achieve near universal literacy levels.

Tim Green And Derek Jeter Co-Author Baseball Genius, Available March 7

Tim Green - Glowing Baseball Genius Review

What do you get when two amazing athletes team up to write a children’s novel? You get Baseball Genius. Tim Green and Derek Jeter have teamed up to create the incredible tale of a boy looking to join a baseball travel team. The story is sure to delight both new and old fans of Tim and Derek’s work. Below is the original press release for the novel:

 

March 7, 2017—Timothy J. Green, an author, former NFL defensive end, former Fox Sports broadcaster, and attorney with Barclay Damon, LLP, has co-authored the young-adult novel Baseball Genius with baseball legend Derek Jeter. The first in a trilogy of baseball novels to be co-authored by the pair, Baseball Genius will be released March 7.

Tim and Derek will discuss the book and their writing collaboration on CBS This Morning, March 8, during the 8 a.m. hour.

Baseball Genius is the story of Jalen DeLuca, a boy who loves baseball and wants to join a travel team but can’t afford the fee. After a failed scheme to come up with the money at the expense of James “JY” Yager, the Yankees’ star second baseman who is facing a batting slump, the pair realize they can work together to use Jalen’s special talent as a “baseball genius” to help both players solve their problems.

In addition to being a New York Times bestselling author and a retired defensive end with the Atlanta Falcons, Tim is an attorney with Barclay Damon, where he has been integrally involved for the past 20 years in developing some of the largest clients of the firm, particularly in the areas of energy and intellectual property. Tim works with other senior leaders of the firm to identify, evaluate, develop, and maintain as clients some of highest performing companies in the United States in areas of particular strategic focus to the firm.

John P. Langan, Barclay Damon’s managing partner, said, “All of us at Barclay Damon are proud to have Tim on our team. He is an extraordinary person in many ways and a true force of nature—so talented in so many different endeavors. In addition to being uniquely impactful in the success of the firm, his work as a New York Times bestselling author has been so impressive. It’s a pleasure to see the good work Tim does to encourage young people across the country to embrace reading and to explain the many benefits that come from being consistent, lifelong readers.”

In his 1,500-plus visits to schools throughout the United States, where he has spoken to nearly half a million students, Tim says reading is “weightlifting for your brain,” an essential habit that increases school success and builds character. Since he began writing for kids in 2007, his young-reader series has sold over a million copies. Tim uses all of his speaking fees to buy books for kids, libraries, and schools that could not afford them otherwise. Tim has written 35 books to date. Click here for more on his career as an author.

Barclay Damon, LLP, listed as a “Top 250 Firm” by The National Law Journal, is a full-service law firm with offices throughout the major cities of New York State and in Toronto, Boston, Washington DC, and Newark. With 275 lawyers in 33 practice areas, Barclay Damon is the largest law firm in the Northeastern United States centered outside a major market. Barclay Damon provides comprehensive legal and business counsel to a diverse client base. For more information, visit barclaydamon.com.

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