The Right Way to E-mail Teachers

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Open communication between teachers, their students, and parents is one of the keys for students doing well in classes. Many parents rely on e-mail as a quick and efficient way of maintaining communication with teachers. However, the communication between home and school can quickly get sidetracked when parents send e-mails to teachers like the one below. “My child just told me you wouldn’t accept her…

Managing Technology on Family Vacations

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The long awaited family vacation had finally arrived. The family had traveled over nine hours in the car to get to their destination. Everyone was unpacked and ready to enjoy a week off. As the mother looked out from the balcony, she saw the sun going down and the sun rays reflecting off the ocean water. She went back inside and encouraged the rest of…

Is Minecraft Appropriate for Kids?

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The nine year old boy came up to his parents and breathlessly asked, “Can I get Minecraft? Everybody at my school is playing it and it is so awesome!” The boy’s parents looked at each other with some bewilderment. Neither had a clue as to what Minecraft was, much less whether their son should be allowed to play it. They did know that many boys…