Delve into the lives of children, and discuss the potential benefits and limitations of technology in their lives, with this free online course.
Childhood in the Digital Age is a four week long course beginning on 8 June 2015. During the course, you’ll ask: is social media changing the way that children form relationships? How is technology changing the way that children think? And how will it shape the classroom of the future?
The course is offered by The Open University on the attractive FutureLearn platform, and is led by Dr Nathalia Gjersoe. It requires 3 hours of study time per week, a total of 12 hours overall. The course is free to study, and if required, a Certificate of Participation is available at £29. The course is intended for anyone with a general interest in childhood studies and child psychology and does not require any prior experience of studying this subject.
Enrol free here: www.futurelearn.com/courses/childhood-in-the-digital-age
If you are interested in Childhood in the Digital Age, you may also like to take a look at Mariella Frostrup’s BBC radio series Bringing Up Britain: Raising ‘digital kids’, which I previously reviewed and is still freely available.
Develop an understanding of some of the approaches involved in caring for vulnerable children, with this free online course.
Caring for Vulnerable Children is a six week long course beginning on 23 Feb 2015. It aims to inspire and challenge you to think differently about how we, as a society, care for vulnerable children and the future lives we help them to create.
The course is offered by The University of Strathclyde Glasgow on the attractive FutureLearn platform, and is led by lecturer Graham McPheat. It requires 4 hours of study time per week, a total of 24 hours overall. The course is free to study, and if required, a Certificate of Participation is available at £25. The course will be of interest if you wish to work or study in the fields of child care or social work, or if you just want to consider the role you play in responding to and caring for the children and young people who you encounter in different aspects of your life.
If you are interested in caring for vulnerable children, you may also like to take a look at SCIE’s Introduction to Residential Child Care, a suite of three e-learning modules which I previously reviewed and is still freely available.
This month’s free CPIR newsletter ‘Buzz from the Hub’ included a Spotlight on Early Learning Resources, which prompted me to draw your attention to what’s available at CPIR.
CPIR is funded by the US Government, and provides two key library services – a comprehensive collection of resources of their own, plus well-selected links to external resources. CPIR’s own collection includes many of the resources developed by NICHCY, the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, who’s funding ended in October 2013. These resources include documents, guides, web pages, presentations, videos and audio, webinars, online modules and online tools. The links to external resources are well-arranged and the site search works well, but beware – you could end up browsing for hours!
Key Topics within the CPIR library include:
* Family supports
* Mental Health
* Parental Rights
* Early learning
The CPIR website and many resources are offered in Spanish alongside English, and is provided under a Public Domain licence, so there is no restriction on how you use it.
If you want to keep up-to-date with new resources added to CPIR, subscribe to their free newsletter ‘Buzz from the Hub’ mentioned above, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.