🙋‍♂️ Kids need unstructured time, Google’s search relevance, and more – Of bits and bytes for May 6, 2024

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Screen time has been talked about as harming children development, but researchers are also looking at the lack of unstructured play time. Without the freedom to explore and engage with the world on their own terms, children may not develop key problem-solving skills and emotional resilience. “Limiting ‘free play’ may be worse than screen time for children, professor says”, the benefits of unstructured play can positively impact children’s emotional and cognitive development.


Gamers Rule – Meme by DRXOFAWESOME 🙂 Memedroid


Microsoft’s OneDrive web app now has some offline capabilities. Users can now:

  • Open and interact with OneDrive’s “Home,” “My files,” “Shared,” “Favorites,” “People,” and, “Meeting” views.
  • View your folders, file names, and metadata such as file owner, size, recent activity, last open date, and more.
  • Use the “My files” view of OneDrive for web to rename, sort, move, or copy files and have those changes sync to your OneDrive when you reestablish an internet connection.
  • Open locally stored Office and non-Office files (files marked as “available offline”) in their native app and make and save edits.


John Spencer has a look at using AI to Bridge the Gap from Theory to Practice while Seth Godin looks at manipulation, indoctrination and addiction.


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Have you been able to find what you’re looking for on Google? My experience aligns with this article that yes, Google is getting worse at finding things, especially interesting posts on smaller sites.


Focus mode is a feature that is being added to more and more operating systems, but what is it and how can it help? Focus mode is a tool designed to minimize distractions and maximize productivity by allowing users to temporarily silence notifications and block access to certain apps or websites. When engaged, focus mode can prevent interruptions from emails, social media, and other apps, which is particularly beneficial when you need to concentrate on a specific task.

ChromeOS and Chromebooks have a focus mode that could be beneficial for students, helping them stay focused on their current task.


How to Delete Focus Modes on iPhone & iPad

Pop Culture

For all you English teachers, a new poem by C.S. Lewis just dropped.

Before social media, how did we communicate? Pretty well, although the software and technique may seem antiquated, they worked.


What happened to Usenet? – UWBW Writes


Here’s a look at the clothes that would have gotten you kicked out of school in 1957.

Extra Credit

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