Effect of technology on creativity and problem solving

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Effect of technology on creativity and problem solving

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Experts are wondering exactly what effect technology is going to have on kids’ creativity and problem solving skills. Because creativity is basically the process of putting ideas together in new and different ways, or putting objects together, or thinking of something that hasn’t already been thought of before. And the concern is that in technology much of this is a program that a child is following rather than one that he or she is developing. So I think it’s very important that no matter what children are doing with television, computers, video games and what have you, that they have some time to explore creatively the recesses of their own minds and not the recesses of a programmer’s mind. And that means maybe time alone in nature. That means maybe for very young children time alone with an open-ended object play or social play, or something that hasn’t already been decided upon by adults. Let your child experience that feeling of being in control of their own mind rather than in the thrall of some electronic gadget.

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Jane M. Healy, PhD

Educational Psychologist

Jane Healy is a teacher and educational psychologist who has worked with all ages from pre-school to graduate school.  Her major research interest has been in finding practical applications of current brain research for teachers and parents.  A graduate of Smith College, she holds a MA from John Carroll University, a PhD from Case Western Reserve University, and post-doctoral work in developmental neuropsychology.  She has served on the faculty of Cleveland State University. Her many years of experience include: parent, classroom teacher, reading/learning specialist, elementary administrator, and clinician.  She is recognized internationally as an author, lecturer, and consultant. She has received international media coverage, including Nightline, Good Morning America, the Today Show, CNN and NPR, for her ideas about the impact of technology, media and culture on children's brain development and learning.

Although Jane has received many honors, including being twice named the "Educator of the Year" by Delta Kappa Gamma, she claims that she and her husband have learned most of what they know from the process of raising three sons (and now their six grandchildren).

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