Unlock Learning This Holiday Season -- Sylvan Learning Offers Tips to Integrate Technology Into Your Child's Education
BALTIMORE, MD, Nov 14, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
The holidays are just around the corner. Many of the gifts kids
will receive are tech-toys. Computers, video games, cell phones --
all electronic gadgets are ubiquitous in our lives and the lives of
our kids, but we should strive to keep our kids focused on their
education, rather than busily distracted.
Children today are digital natives, and taking a realistic and
practical approach to technology can ensure they thrive in the modern
education system and surrounding world. Embracing this, Sylvan
Learning introduced SylvanSync(TM), a new digital instructional
system created to address the needs of today's students while
engaging them in a new, modern way.
"Children today use technology in a natural, unthinking way," said
Richard E. Bavaria, Ph.D., senior vice president of education
outreach for Sylvan Learning. "They use smartphones, computers,
tablets and other devices every day -- at home, at school or with
friends -- to play, learn and communicate without thinking twice
"Today's children encounter and use technology both with and without
the guidance of their parents," Bavaria said. "While parents may
sometimes feel potentially out of control with what their child is
doing, when used effectively, technology can help serve as a vital
tool in simplifying the complexity around learning and ensuring that
their child learns while using technology, safely and wisely."
Sylvan Learning is offering parents of students of all ages some
basic tips for guiding their children's use of technology this
holiday season and into the New Year:
Safety first: As soon as a child first begins to use online
resources, make sure to create a safe web environment. Carefully
monitor and control usage, and employ protective tools such as safe
search engines with parental controls. This is also the time to begin
to educate children on some of the dangers of the Internet.
Match Up: Make sure you match up your child's use of technology with
what she is learning in school. By doing your homework, you can
ensure that what she uses outside the classroom supports what she is
learning in the classroom. Look for programs that engage several
senses -- visual, auditory and hand-eye dexterity.
Reinforce: Ensure your child has opportunities to relate virtual
learning to real experiences. Standing in front of Niagara Falls, a
device such as a smartphone or tablet can be used to get information
about the landmark's height, composition, history, and so on.
Children should be encouraged to use technology to reinforce what
they see and learn in the real world, and use real-world experiences
to reinforce what they learn using technology.
Enjoy Learning: As a child continues to refine her own specific
academic interests, help her select digital tools that aid her in
pursuing those interests, and that encourage creativity and the
willingness to explore new ideas and concepts. www.BookAdventure.com
is a free, fun reading resource that motivates and challenges
students to read.
Empower: Middle school is a time of change, a period when children
start to seek more independence. Begin to give them a role in
choosing which technologies they use -- but make sure to encourage
smart choices and provide alternative options. Be candid about the
dangers of the Internet, and about the risks of using it
Intervene Early: Middle school is an important time for building the
critical thinking skills students will need to tackle the challenges
of high school math, science, English and other subjects. Effective
use of technology can ensure that children do not fall behind during
this crucial period. First encounters with algebra, for example, can
be made less stressful with the aid of computer-aided learning and
practice outside the classroom like www.Fit4Algebra.org, a free
online algebra readiness check-up.
Monitor Social Reputation: Middle school is where social life often
assumes an out-of-proportion importance for many students. It is
important to teach middle-schoolers that what happens on the Internet
-- what people say and do -- can have a profound effect on how people
react and behave in the real world. It also creates lasting
impressions. Make sure you are aware of how your child is using
social media, and teach them that responsibilities come along with
Plan for Success: Start to transition younger high school students
over to more serious uses of technology they will encounter in
college and the working world -- for example, by ensuring they take
advantage of classes that teach how to use commonly employed
business, design or scientific software.
Manage Up: Managing the college planning process is a great
opportunity for students to use technology. Students should begin
researching what courses to take -- and when -- in order to maximize
their curriculum. They can learn when to take college entrance exams
and the differences between the ACT(R) and SAT(R). They can research
what their target universities are looking for in applicants and look
into what students are saying about programs and professors.
Reinforce Skills: As the pressure of applying to college grows
nearer, make sure that high-schoolers have access to the level of
educational technology and supplemental learning they need to ensure
academic success. Supporting your student with extra personal
instruction using state-of-the-art teaching tools can bolster
classroom understanding, improve test-taking skills, and increase
academic opportunities. Sylvan offers test prep programs, including
SylvanTestPrep.com, an online course with thousands of video lessons
designed to help students prepare for the ACT(R) and SAT(R).
For additional educational resources and to experience SylvanSync,
please visit us on the web at www.sylvanlearning.com or call
For additional educational resources, visit us on the web at
www.sylvanlearning.com or call 1-800-31-SUCCESS.
Note to Members of Media: For background and additional details on
the SylvanSync system, please access the digital press kit.
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About Sylvan Learning
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tutoring to students of all ages, grades and skill levels with over
30 years of experience and more than 800 centers located throughout
North America. Sylvan's trained and Sylvan-certified personal
instructors provide individualized instruction in reading, writing,
mathematics, study skills and test-prep for college entrance and
state exams. For more information, call 1-800-31-SUCCESS or visit
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