Imagine a world where kids can be kids
Math games should not manipulate kids
Say No to Prodigy Today!
This year, almost every school in the U.S. has online learning as a part of its menu. Unfortunately, some platforms have taken advantage of families during the pandemic, exploiting parents’ desire to provide the best possible education for their children during this difficult time. Prodigy, a math game used by millions of students, parents, and teachers across the globe, is one of those platforms.
On February 19th, CCFC filed a Federal Trade Commission complaint against Prodigy. Our complaint, signed also by 21 partner advocacy groups, details how the game worms its way into schools by claiming to be “free forever” while actually putting relentless pressure on kids to nag their parents for an expensive Prodigy membership. In doing so, Prodigy commercializes education and amplifies inequities between students whose families can and cannot afford a premium membership.
And that’s not all. We’ve made it easy for families, educators, and administrators to take action by removing Prodigy from their programs. Use our list of 7 Reasons to Say No to Prodigy to spread the word to other parents, caregivers, and educators about the pitfalls of this “educational” app. Then, organize and get the word out! Our resource includes letter templates to ask your school to stop using Prodigy, social media shares, and more. We’ve made it easy for you to call for change in your community.
Take action on EdTech
Students Before Screens, Teachers Before Tech!
In August, we published A Statement on EdTech and Education Policy during the Pandemic, signed by over 100 experts in education and technology, which called on schools to ensure that students get the offline time they need, no matter what learning looks like for them. Now, our latest resource provides educators, school officials, and advocates with the framework and the practical advice they need to make remote learning an offline success.
In “A Low-Tech Approach to Remote Learning,” we offer seven guidelines to help create meaningful educational experiences for students while limiting screen time during the remote school day. We also include tips for success and links to resources to make it easy for overworked educators to figure out what works best for students.
Whether you’re a teacher looking for guidance and inspiration as you manage remote classrooms, or a caregiver bringing these resources to your school administrators, we hope you’ll find this document helpful!
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