Date: November 8th
Who: Carly Shuler
When: 1:00 am – 2:30 am
Where: Sisler High School
Format: Speaker Series
Twitter: @carlyshuler, @digitalvoices1, @Soapbox_ed
How to Participate:
Video-Conference through the Frontier School Division’s Polycom Bridge (room to be provided at a later date)
Live Stream with Chat Forum provided by the Frontier School Division
Descriptor of session:
Goals of Presentation:
What motivates you?
Big Bird! The magic that happens when fun, research, and education converge in quality children’s media, for example on shows such as Sesame Street, is inspiring to me. But the new media and technologies that are available to children can be overwhelming, so I’m motivated by helping parents, teachers and developers figure out the best way to use new technologies help children learn and grow.
What do you do for a living, and why?
I work in the children’s media and toy industry. I started in the industry at Canadian success story Spin Master Toys. I then attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where I received a Masters in Technology in Education. Upon graduating, I joined The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop where I researched and wrote about new technologies and children’s learning. As a Canadian, I’m now thrilled to be back home where I work remotely for an awesome kids’ media consulting company called PlayScience. Most importantly, I’m now navigating the kids’ media world not just as a professional but also as a mom.
What is your idea worth spreading?
There is a negative connotation around children’s playing with technology like apps and video games – I want to flip this! “Children learn from play, not screens” is a phrase that strikes fear in the heart of many parents. However, today’s children can play on screens – a new form of play that offers novel opportunities for creativity and learning. I hope to inspire parents, educators and developers to push the boundaries of children’s 21st century play and learning.