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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Teens And Technology

Technology is all around us, whether it’s for entertainment or work.

Technology is also playing a bigger role in your child’s classroom.

In Brad Newitt’s classroom, there’s no lack of technology. Laptops, smart boards, and even cell phones are incorporated into his lessons.

“I’ll tell you the big thing I have them use their phones for is data collection, timing things, we video a lot of stuff when we do labs. So kids will video it and then they can go back and watch the video and go oh, here’s what that did when I ran that experiment, and go watch it,” Newitt said.

He teaches AP physics, and says incorporating technology allows students to visualize what they’re learning and stay engaged.

“I think for them to be able to see, here is some technology and here’s how I can apply it to something I’m studying or maybe something I may even do someday as a job, that’s really valuable for them,” Newitt said.

In addition to the technology he uses inside the classroom he also records his lessons for students to view at home.

Dr. Kayli Reece says while technology offers benefits, it’s also important to remember too much screen time can have some negative effects.

“There’s good research to show that it’s tied to obesity, depression, other mental health issues, possibly musculoskeletal pain, it can make people more sedentary. So we definitely do see possible issues. Sleep is a huge association,” Reece said.

She says setting good habits for technology use is important, adding that a little parental guidance can go a long way.

“One good way I heard it said is, as a parent you want to know where your child is, how long they’re going to be there, who they’re with. And it’s the same thing online, so you can teach them that good guidance of how to browse online safely, not to give out that private information to strangers,” Reece said.

And by teaching teens safe practices and guidance, technology can become less disruptive and instead, beneficial.

“As a teacher it’s kind of like, you set your boundaries on what’s okay and what’s not okay, and once those are established I think it goes pretty well,” Newitt said.

Reece added that the American Academy of Pediatrics offers a family screen time plan, allowing families to designate a personalized plan to set aside time for technology use in their household.

This Female Mechanic In Nigeria Is Teaching African Women How To Fix Their Cars

Nigeria is home to Africa’s largest economy and population. One entrepreneur based in the country’s largest city, Lagos, is helping women gain some independence by teaching them a skill many assumed you “need” a man to do: fixing their car.

Sandra Aguebor is Nigeria’s first female mechanic. She developed an interest in cars at a young age but her passion was met with shock by her father. Despite his attempts to discourage his daughter from her interest in cars, Aguebor was determined to find a way to pursue her passion.

Aguebor attended Benin Technical College for a vocational course in repairing vehicles. She began her career at a local garage, where she learned everything she needed to know about cars. After gaining some more work experience and graduating she went into business for herself. She has worked in her own shop in Lagos for 22 years.

Inspired by her experience as the only female mechanic on hand, Aguebor founded the Lady Mechanic Initiative, which teaches women how to fix cars and become financially independent. Her non-profit organization brings women from all over Africa to Lagos to learn how to fix cars. Her classes consist of hands-on skills training and detailed curriculum focused on auto mechanics, electrician training, professional driving, generator repairs, speedboat repairs, and house plumbing to empower women to have more independence.

“For me, to become the first female mechanic in Nigeria, I had to work five times harder… and prove myself.” she told CNN. Her goal is to reach 100,000 women with her non-profit organization to help them one day open their own garage and businesses.

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