Internet and digital offer opportunities for growth, development and learning, however, it is essential to educate young people to use them consciously.
Digital education: opportunities, tools and resources also for students with SLD
Internet and digital offer opportunities for growth, development and learning, especially for the youngest, and also for students with SLD. However, it is essential to educate young people to be aware of the use of digital and its resources.
We asked Elisa Salamini, cofounder of Mamamò.it, to tell us what digital education means and what tools can be used.
What is meant by digital education?
“The digital revolution began at the end of the last century, but we have seen the most relevant effects in the new millennium, when connected devices have forcefully entered our lives. It didn't take long to realize that the intensive use of digital technology by the majority of the world's population could involve risks and phenomena, such as cyberbullying, hate speech, fake news, psychological conditioning and prevarications of privacy. , often with heavy consequences for both individuals and societies. For this reason, over time, the need has emerged not only to define new laws, but also to spread a new education that would allow virtual environments to be inhabited in a positive way. Fortunately, no one now considers these spaces as prairies where everyone makes their own rules and we all know that "the virtual is real". Digital education serves precisely this purpose, to build solid round-trip bridges between the two dimensions, so that they are reflected as much as possible in a human way in each other. "
Why is it important to educate children and young people in the use of digital and digital resources?
“The digital tools immediately ended up in the hands of the little ones, something of which the platforms (from the social ones to the VOD ones, passing through search engines and video game developers) are well aware. Although progress has now been made by creating "fenced" spaces to protect children who use digital technology (I am thinking, for example, of YouTube Kids, but also of a new social platform such as Lego Vidiyo), it is equally true that the process of protecting users / consumers (and their data) is still evolving. It is therefore necessary to be attentive, monitor and cultivate in young people a critical look at media and technology. On the other hand, however, there is the awareness that a wise and creative management of digital resources, from the network to communication processes, from artificial to collective intelligences, will be crucial in the lives of our children, both professionally and personally. For this, it becomes essential to teach them to live in the digital world, so that they learn not only the critical look, but also what will lead them to exploit all the opportunities implicit in technology. "
What tools can be used to educate young people?
"As parents we can use parental control tools to regulate children's exposure to screens and supervise both the amount of time and the quality of the content. However, it is also necessary to start immediately a profitable discussion on what our now inevitable “onlife” is, to live it consciously, in compliance with the rules and cultivating one's well-being. For this reason, I find the choice to include the teaching of Civic Education, and therefore of Digital Citizenship, very appropriate, right from kindergarten. Digital is now woven into our daily lives, parents and children must make optimal use of it, but also that schools and the world of education in general recognize its value in transforming teaching and updating it in content and method. "
Online now offers many opportunities. Among these there is certainly greater accessibility and inclusion, for example for students with learning difficulties and SLDs. What do you think about it?
"In unsuspecting times, before the pandemic, Roberta and I (Franceschetti, cofounder of Mamamò.it) realized that one of the topics that aroused the greatest interest in our portal were the reports of resources intended for children with SLD and subjects with autism spectrum. In those cases, digital aroused a lot of enthusiasm because it responded to very concrete and perceived needs. If my child is dyslexic, knowing that there are apps for making concept maps and speech synthesis for reading textbooks becomes a real resource. For this we turned to specialists such as Rossella Grenci, Gabriola Chetta di Ippocampo and Valentina Secchi (the latter author of "DSA – Decisamente Super Fascinating" published by Redooc.com) to write reviews of apps and software that facilitate the school life of these children. We have also created special collections that point out the best titles. "
With a view to inclusiveness and accessibility, the Redooc.com Digital Education platform offers, for all content, compensatory tools for students with SLD that promote learning. Among these, text to speech, mind maps, the choice of the reading font, which make it a useful resource for all learning styles.