Bridging the digital divide in RI: Sprint funds pilot program in Providence

By Susan Gale

You’ve probably heard the term “digital divide,” which identifies the gulf between those who have easy access to computers and Internet and those who do not. Five million U.S. families with school-aged children do not have Internet access at home, but 70 percent of teachers assign homework that requires web access, creating a “homework gap.” But what does the digital divide actually mean for real Rhode Island students?

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Engaging conversations with your kids – anywhere, anytime

By Sylvia Hall and Dianne Samuelson

“How was your day?” – “Fine.”
“What did you do today?” – “Nothing.”

This daily exchange between parent and child is heard ‘round the world countless times every day. It’s so common and life is so busy that very often we, as parents, let it go at that – yet we know there is a great deal more going on in our child’s day. But what if your children really want to share their day with you but struggled to do so?

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5 science toys for the holidays

By Eric Bulmer

It’s that time of year again. Frantic holiday shopping with so much to do. But many parents are trying to buy presents that are more than toys – gifts that might actually teach the kids a thing or two. Science-based toys are a great way to do this. As a former classroom teacher with many years in the business of bringing science to children, I have a few suggestions.

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Technology tips for parents

Richard Culatta, the state’s Chief Innovation Officer, said that a new focus on computer science (CS) also means
there are new issues for parents to consider. Screen time: Culatta feels that parents should decide their child’s amount of screen time based on how they are using the technology – are they learning and creating or simply passively consuming media?

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