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Watch the webinar – Our Children @ Risk: Stop the Ed Tech Juggernaut

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

If you missed our October 16, 2016 EdTech webinar, you can still find out what our expert panel had to say about the negative effects of EdTech and what parents can do to slow down the digital learning juggernaut in your children’s schools. The slides, which include many helpful links, can be accessed here. The webinar recording on You Tube is here – the audio is a bit garbled at times but mostly pretty good. Please also make sure you …


Spying on students: EFF report confirms PAA EdTech privacy concerns

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

For some time now, PAA has been raising red flags about the rapidly expanding use of education technology (EdTech) in our schools. Last summer we published a series of fact sheets and a 35-page documentation paper detailing some of the many concerns we have about EdTech. Since then, we have urged parents to ask questions at your local schools and supported legislative and other efforts to require more transparency and accountability from EdTech programs and businesses. PAA’s concerns are multi-faceted. …


PAA calls doctors’ new EdTech recs a “disservice,” urge follow up report

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Press release *** For Immediate Release November 15, 2016 Contact: Julie Woestehoff, Interim Executive Director  773-715-3989 Laura Bowman, PAA-Roanoke Valley (VA) 540-819-6385 National parent group objects to pediatrician group’s revised screen time recommendations Parents upset that new AAP guidelines ignore in-school tech time Today, the national group Parents Across America (PAA) sent a letter to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) expressing its disappointment in the AAP’s recently-revised recommendations for children’s exposure to digital media. Charging the AAP with a …


EdTech webinar recording and slides: UPDATED with You Tube video

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

We had a great webinar, “Our Children @ Risk: Challenging the EdTech Juggernaut,” earlier this evening. There was so much important information and a very useful discussion. The slides, which include many helpful links, can be accessed here. The webinar recording  on You Tube is here – the audio is a bit garbled at times but mostly pretty good. Please also make sure you look at the reports and fact sheets PAA has prepared for parents and others to share. …


Stop the EdTech juggernaut: A PAA webinar

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Join PAA activists and national experts to learn more about the negative effects of EdTech and what parents can do to slow down the digital learning juggernaut in your children’s schools. Sunday  October 16  7 pm ET Panelists: Jean Rogers: Screen Time manager for Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood Rachael Stickland: Co-Chair, Parent Coalition for Student Privacy Cheri Kiesecker and Emily Talmage: Nationally-known bloggers on digital learning (Missouri Education Watchdog and Save Maine Schools) PAA leaders Heather Hicks and Laura …


Letter to the editor on EdTech

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

PAA urges parents and others to take a moment whenever you see a mention of digital learning in your local newspaper to write a letter to the editor to help educate the public about some of the many concerns raised by EdTech. Here’s an example, written by PAA interim executive director Julie Woestehoff and published earlier this week in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Feel free to “borrow” any of it!   As the heavy push for so-called “personalized learning” moves …


EdTech: PAA leader challenges state school board on personalized learning

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PAA-Roanoke Valley leader, Laura Bowman, recently spoke at a Virginia Board of Education Hearing on changes to graduation requirements, school accreditation, and the Virginia Standards of Quality. She reports… Several Southwestern Virginia superintendents advocated for Personalized Learning at the hearing. This was alarming to me, as Parents Across America has just come out with a detailed report on the pitfalls and serious problems with so-called “Personalized” Learning. I wonder if the Superintendent who spoke the most fervently about Personalized Learning …


Ed Week interviews PAA director on EdTech

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

Ed Week detailed our EdTech reports in this week’s print edition, and included an interview with PAA’s interim executive director, Julie Woestehoff. The story begins: An influential parent-advocacy group that has vocally opposed high-stakes testing, the Common Core State Standards, and charter school expansion has its sights on a new target: education technology. Parents Across America, a nonprofit group with 44 chapters across 25 states, last month issued a set of resources warning of the “threats” posed by the explosion …


EdTech: New Heart Assoc. report on dangers of prolonged sitting

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

A new report by the American Heart Association reinforces PAA’s concerns that the push for digital learning, which we call EdTech, may result in serious physical health problems due to, among other things, an increase in seat time. Researchers for the AHA reached their findings after conducting a review of the current evidence on sedentary behavior….Based on current evidence, (the researchers) found that spending too much time sitting may raise the risk of impaired insulin sensitivity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and …


EdTech series: Addiction experts warn of “digital heroin”

Posted on by Julie Woestehoff

There are strong warnings about the dangers of digital device addiction from Dr. Nicholas Karderas in Saturday’s New York Post: We now know that those iPads, smartphones and Xboxes are a form of digital drug. Recent brain imaging research is showing that they affect the brain’s frontal cortex — which controls executive functioning, including impulse control — in exactly the same way that cocaine does. Technology is so hyper-arousing that it raises dopamine levels — the feel-good neurotransmitter most involved …


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