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CTR Weekly 1/29/2020
Code Jumper, plus Chris Byrne on Innovation

“The current dominant discourse around phones and well-being is a lot of hype and a lot of fear. But if you compare the effects of your phone to eating properly or sleeping or smoking, it’s not even close.” Jeff Hancock, Stanford Social Media Lab, at https://nyti.ms/2TAfpuy

Dear CTR Subscriber --
Happy New Year! As we charge into the future together, I'm pleased to bring you some fresh children's technology news, along with some tweaks to our publishing format. First of all, we'll be sending out our weekly CTR News by email mid-week starting with this issue. Our larger monthly issues will be issued with less frequency, on a quarterly basis, on Feb 1, April 1, Sept 1 and Nov 1. These issues will be created as PDFs, and will summarize events, trends and new products.

Watch for our first monthly issue of the year this weekend, with news from CES, along with a freshly posted Dust or Magic talk. This week, it's Chris Byrne's "The Pragmatist's Guide to Innovation" at https://youtu.be/_mvHpqK5Q7Q

FINALLY -- REAL COMMON SENSE ABOUT YOUTH AND SCREENS
Last week's NY Times had some refreshing coverage of an article called "adolescent mental health in the digital age: facts, fears, and future directions." What a nice way to start the new decade! Published on Friday by two psychology professors, the article reviews 40 studies that have examined the link between social media use and both depression and anxiety among adolescents. That link, according to the professors, is small and inconsistent.

“Why else might American kids be anxious other than telephones? How about climate change? How about income inequality? How about more student debt? There are so many big giant structural issues that have a huge impact on us but are invisible and that we aren’t looking at.” Read the full report, at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jcpp.13190

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Code Jumper
American Printing House for the Blind, http://www.aph.org, ($1000 on Windows), for ages 6-up.

This is a tactile coding kit that makes it possible to use touch and sound to freely experiment with variables.

Content includes a set of "pods" with uniquely designed dials, plugs or buttons that each have a unique tactile signature. There's a carrying kit with 1 hub, 8 play pods, 3 pause pods, 2 loop pods, 1 selection pod and 1 merge pod -- plus a collection of plugs and storage materials. Developed by Microsoft and distributed by American Printing House for the Blind (APH), this educational toy bridges the skills gap and opens up the world of coding to every student. Code Jumper will be distributed in the US by APH, and internationally by HumanWare. Requires a Windows computer.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/xJBe_NbWFX0

CTREX Link: https://reviews.childrenstech.com/ctr/fullreview.php?id=20208


Don't miss Dust or Magic: The Methods of Fred Rogers at Asilomar!!! May 29-31, 2020. More information at http://www.dustormagic.com/fred

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