On August 10th, CCFC released "A Statement on EdTech and Education Policy during the Pandemic," signed by more than 100 leading experts in child development, education, and technology. The statement is part of a broader campaign to “deepen learning” by rejecting simplistic EdTech solutions in favor of education that engages and respects the whole child.
Now we need you to help us demonstrate to policymakers and education officials that there is widespread support for limited and intentional EdTech use, no matter where school takes place this year!
We urge educators and policymakers to look beyond EdTech solutions for learning in the age of COVID-19, and find ways to limit children’s time on computers and digital devices during the coming school year and beyond. No matter what school looks like, educators should ensure that their lessons center on offline, high-engagement components such as hands-on, project- and place-based learning.
For the safety and wellbeing of children, reducing screen use during the pandemic must be a priority. We urge educators and administrators to adopt the following principles:
We must trust educators – not EdTech companies - to work together and employ their intelligence and creativity to design and deliver curricula that keep all students engaged while deepening their learning, even in a pandemic. Our children and our nation deserve nothing less than safe schools and low-tech, child-centered, educator-driven learning.
To read CCFC's full statement on EdTech and the research supporting offline learning, click here. By signing this petition, you are joining over 100 experts and leading advocates in education and child development.
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