Kids and Computing

Written by Dr. Adnan Ahmed Qureshi

Computers can do much more than help children with their schoolwork - they allow them to acquire valuable knowledge and skills for their future careers.

Buying a great multimedia home PC can kick-start your kids into a great career, and not just in accountancy. The new PC industry is looking for artists, writers, storytellers, publishers, games players and designers - but they need to start early.

According to Plato,repparttar most effective kind of education is that a child should play among lovely things. While he probably wasn't thinking digitally atrepparttar 109473 time, withrepparttar 109474 emergence of powerful and affordable multimedia PCs, children can now play among lovely things and atrepparttar 109475 same time acquire valuable knowledge and skills that will serve them well in whatever career or profession they may decide to pursue.

Today, most children take computers like ducks to water. Evenrepparttar 109476 youngest seem to be alarming clever at setting up and operating all sort of gadgets. Whatever they're using a popular game console or any ofrepparttar 109477 other ubiquitous home or arcade systems, technology seems to be more naturally comprehensible torepparttar 109478 average child than it is torepparttar 109479 average parent or teacher.

With an increasingly large percentage of children living in households with a computer of some sort, in many ways they're now becoming just another home appliance. But for parents who want to help their children at home/school,repparttar 109480 apparent labyrinth of technological options can appear depressingly daunting.

It's now possible to get great job in computers that isn't about science, maths programming or accountancy. Increasingly, `humanity-based' skills are often perceived as more valuable and computers can get you into a whole new range of professions evolving around games production, multimedia, digital video or publishing onrepparttar 109481 Internet. Within these, and even more traditional professions - such as journalism, film, television, publishing, advertising, design and music - computers and digital technology have become widespread. And there are probably very few jobs or professions inrepparttar 109482 future that won't require some degree of computer literacy.

Ironically,repparttar 109483 digital revolution is creating a market not for narrow specialists, but for `renaissance men and women' who have a broad-based education and a wider skill set that will allow them to change careers and move from field to field with an ease and efficiency that was unimaginable in previous generations. Today, perhaps more than any other time in recent history, education needs to be focused on learning how to learn and on development of study skills that will allow children to acquirerepparttar 109484 information they need as and when they need it.

10 Things You Should Do BEFORE Your Child's IEP Meeting

Written by Lisa Simmons

1. Read last year's IEP - It's important to review what came out of last year's plan. Was it successful ? Didrepparttar methods of instruction work ? Didrepparttar 109472 measurement process used really tell you if progress was being made ? Wererepparttar 109473 goals & objectives really functional for your child? Also try to think back torepparttar 109474 actual meeting -- what part ofrepparttar 109475 discussion did you feel least prepared for ? Remembering will help you prepare better this time around!

2. Update your advocacy notebook -- Hopefully you have a single book that allows you to keep all of your child's information (evaluations, old IEPs, correspondence with school & service providers, etc.) organized & easily accessible. If there is new information from Dr.'s, teachers, or related service providers that needs added to your book take care ofrepparttar 109476 filing now. You'll be glad to haverepparttar 109477 most current information ifrepparttar 109478 issue comes up duringrepparttar 109479 meeting.

3. Do your homework -- is there any new information on your child's disability, have you heard about any promising new intervention strategies that caught your attention? Now isrepparttar 109480 time to check them out. Research them onrepparttar 109481 internet or contact a local resource person who can tell you more or provide you with information to review.

4. Come prepared to "grow" your team -- If you've found anything interesting during your research,repparttar 109482 IEP meeting is an excellent time to share this information. Rather than contacting everyone individually or relying on 1 person to pass on your information, you can share it with everyone at once. Ifrepparttar 109483 information describe an intervention strategy you would like used in this year's IEP then be sure to bring copies so everyone can look overrepparttar 109484 information at once duringrepparttar 109485 meeting. Few professional team members are going to be willing to sign off on something they don't understand or feel comfortable with. By helping them learn, you maximize your chances of getting what you want.

5. Make your list -- Once you're organized & your research is complete is time to make your list. What arerepparttar 109486 issues you feel like really need to be addressed in your child's IEP. Remember other team members may want to add additional items during your discussion, but you don't want to be thinking afterwards, "Oh I really wanted to discuss X & forgot to bring it up." Right now, while you're calm & not under time pressure isrepparttar 109487 time to decide whatrepparttar 109488 issues are from your perspective.

6. Prioritize -- Because IEPs are a team process they by their very nature demand compromise. So once you've developed you list, you'll need to go back through & divide it into 2 categories.

A)repparttar 109489 issues that are non-negotiable to me -- they must be addressed for me to give my consent for this IEP and B)repparttar 109490 issues that I am concerned about, but I'm not sure how I want them addressed or whatrepparttar 109491 critical components are. On these issues I'm willing to compromise or settle for minimal supports while we gather more information.

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