Raising Your Child in a Digital World - Essential tips from my book
Dr Kristy Goodwin was the guest speaker for the Playgroup NSW 2015 AGM. She provided a rapt audience of our members (mostly parents of children from 0-5) with strategies for ensuring that popular technologies are used in developmentally appropriate and healthy ways with young children.
The feedback from everyone who attended was very positive and they were engaged and found Kristy to be one of the most straight forward and helpful speakers in this area. We would certainly recommend her to other organisations.
Karen Bevan | Chief Executive Officer | Playgroup NSW
Dr. Goodwin spoke toward the end of the conference and her presentation, ‘Wired to learn’ injected energy into the delegates. Perhaps the stand out from her presentation was the how well the information she presentation easily translated to professionals, parents and educators alike. While many of our delegates may have read about digital literacy and brain development before, Dr. Goodwin’s perspective certainly bought new light to the subject matter for them.
Janine Regan | Manager Practice and Research| Playgroup Victoria
Thank you for your incredible, informational and inspiring workshop in Townsville. As a parent I feel more confident and empowered in my child’s digital environment and how we can navigate the way forward with healthy habits now and in the future as he grows and develops. Your delivery of evidence-based information and your engaging way of helping me understand gave me what I needed to take positive action and create some change.
Kerry Spina | Parent + Creator of Kids in Harmony
Kristy is a much-loved member of our Greenwood family. She has been invaluable in supporting our Greenwood Educators & parents navigate the digital landscape that our children are being brought up in. From her speaking engagements and professional support to spearheading our technology curriculum, Kristy has helped to ease the confusion and anxiety of our parents who are raising their family in a digitally saturated environment.
Carol Tannous-Sleiman | CEO | Greenwood Early Education
Kristy, you are very inspiring. It is wonderful to hear you talk about using technology successfully with children and how we can assist and enhance the learning process if we think carefully about it. I’ve already started to apply some of your strategies with the children I care for!
Fi Stevenson | Out-of-School Hours Co-Ordinator | Pymble Ladies College
We have had wonderful feedback from parents about the talk you gave at Highfields Prep School ...thank you again. You share both practical strategies and research-based information. Our parents feel a lot more assured about their kids using technology.
Cath Parker | ICT Integrator | Highfields Preparatory School
I have worked in several schools with Kristy to build teacher capacity and confidence in the delivery of 21st century learning. Kristy has a very deep knowledge and understanding of Gen Z learners. Kristy has significant expertise in guiding educators in the appropriate and effective use of technology to enable and empower students to be effective and engaged learners for the 21st century. Kristy’s pedagogy is sound and I have attributed the success of our school projects to her work in leading the pedagogical development of our staff. Kristy is a first class educator who has an impact on all with whom she engages.
Paul Taylor | Principal | Turramurra North Public School
Your sessions were outstanding. I really resonated with your neuroscience session. You gave some great app ideas and also reinforced the vital role parents play in supporting our digitally native children.
Great to hear you speak. Thank you for a superb presentation.
Luke Baills | Head of Junior School | The Cathedral School, Townsville
Great to hear you speak. Thank you for a superb presentation.
Phillip Heath | Head of School | Barker College, Sydney
Thank you for an amazing - though whirlwind - one day with us and our local school leaders. There is a huge buzz around the great conversations you led and we are quite sure that these are going to lead to deeper reflections around the effective use of technology for our early learners.
Paviter Singh | Manager- Education, South Asia |Apple
On behalf of National Trade Union Congress First Campus, I would like to thank you once again for taking time off your busy schedule to come share with us on your expertise in Singapore.
We indeed gained a lot of insights in differentiating and choosing the different types of apps that are suitable for children, and also what are the other factors we should consider when we expose children to tablets.
Vanessa Yong | Executive | NCTU First Campus- ‘Parents’ College’ Project, Singapore
Kristy has delivered both parent and teacher workshops at St Luke’s since 2010. Feedback from both staff and parents has always been positive. Kristy speaks to parents in ‘language’ they feel comfortable with and can easily relate to. Her content is backed by research and the content is always relevant.
Cheryl Turi | Infants Co-ordinator | St Luke’s Grammar School, Dee Why
Dr Kristy Goodwin presented “iBrain: Growing Up Digital” to a large parent audience at our school. Kristy was engaging and entertaining while presenting the content in an interactive & meaningful manner. Kristy’s expertise & experience made the parent evening a huge success.
Natasha Mitchell | Deputy Head | Shore Preparatory School, Northbridge
The BYOD talk given by Dr Kristy Goodwin was invaluable to any parent with children using iPads or tablets these days.
I now have an appreciation of how teachers will use these tools to teach, and my understanding of the worth of iPads has broadened.
Dr Goodwin shared her vast knowledge, and we have benefitted from her many hours of research, from understanding the range of effect IPads have on children’s learning, and how it could be geared to optimally reach different ages, to simple things I could do to make children’s time on iPad more constructive.
Linh Wilson | Parent | North Shore, Sydney
Thanks again for your fabulous conference presentation. We continue to receive great feedback from our services in regard to the conference so thanks for all your effort and amazing knowledge on the subject.
Jeanette Lord | Project Officer| SCAN Consultant - Children First
Kristy’s iTouch and iLearn Seminar helped me to select better and more engaging educational apps. I would recommend this workshop to other parents because it covers all the information that we all would like to obtain, but never do, whether because of lack of time or tech savviness, in a carefully researched and objective manner that I have not seen anywhere else.
Hans Thomsen | Parent | Killara
Thank you so very much for your wonderful presentation this morning. The parents gained a great deal from your recommendations and strategies.
Ursula Traynor | Acting Head of Infants | The Hills Grammar School
Kristy is an inspirational speaker. Over the last six years she’s delivered numerous parent seminars. She combines current research with practical ideas to help parents navigate their way around technology. Her interest in early brain development has fascinated parents and staff as she delivers her presentations in user friendly language. Kristy is engaging, inspiring and brilliant!
Mrs Melanie Mihno | Head of Early Childhood | The Hills Grammar School
I just wanted to thank you again for an most engaging, informative and highly stimulating workshop today. Everyone was motivated by your presentation and you kept everyone’s interest right up until the end of the day; not always an easy thing to do with teachers. I am very much looking forward to continuing our work with you this term and I can already see the benefits of having you support our iPad project at Carlingford West Public School.
Bruno Diodati | Deputy Principal | Carlingford West Public School
Thank you for your support and the sharing of your knowledge. I know that we all have developed our understanding and implementation of 21st century learning in such a collegial and open manner because of expert facilitation.
Lilia Singleton-Turner | Assistant Principal | Turramurra North Public School
I absolutely love your researched-based look at technology and how it’s not good or bad but a tool to use. Rather than ignore the increasing prevalence of technology, which I tend to do because I definitely see so many of the risks and harms you referred to, I actually came away excited about the possibilities of putting it to good use!! (not with my daughter just yet though!) Thank you and I will be sharing you with many other parents and educators!
Stacey | Parent & Teacher & Family Day Carer
Kristy was interesting, animated, knowledgeable and easily imparted her expertise. It was a most enjoyable session, which made it all seem so easy.
Vanessa Brown | Teacher | Cowandilla Primary School, Adelaide
Thank you SO much for speaking at the ANZSPD meeting on Tuesday night. You gave a great presentation which I think bridged the gap between the traditional "paper" practitioners and the younger "digital" crowd!
Dr Michele Tjeuw | Dentist | Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry
It was such a great workshop. I really enjoyed it and found it so useful, and it was fun to do with the kids. Elliot has been telling everyone ‘Mummy and I went to a workshop’ If you run another one, I will definitely recommend it to everyone!
Shey Hooper | Parent + Director of People & Performance, GPT
I just wanted to say thank you for your presentation at Highfields School.
I found it very informative and there were several tips there which we can use straight away.
Also, the way in which you presented was excellent. It flowed at a good pace which kept me interested for the hour and a half +.
Lastly, I’m grateful you have an audio download so my wife, who did not attend last night, can hear your presentation as well. It is probably more important she hears it than me as she spends most of the time with the children as she is a stay at home mum.
Christian | Parent | Lindfield
Thanks for a great seminar tonight. It was very well received by our parent community.
Kristy Nott | Assistant Principal | Hobartville Public School
I wanted to thank you so much for your presentation. You are always so engaging and have such a wealth of knowledge and experience that every year I find myself learning so much from your presentations.
Merryn Robinson | Junior School Teacher | St Luke’s School, Dee Why
I attended last night’s presentation at Putney Public School and was impressed by the quality and amount of information you were able to provide us with. You’ve given me some very useful and easy to implement suggestions which I’ll be making sure my children follow. Some of the apps look like a lot of fun I’m sure we will all enjoy them.
Cameron Ryan | Parent & CEO | Arc Group
Kristy, your parent seminar was received really well by our community and we’ve been inundated with positive feedback from our families and staff.
Caroline Desmond | Acting Principal | Lindfield Public School
Thank you for your very precise, informative and professional delivery at our staff development day. I’ve received lots of positive feedback and I think teachers were inspired to take on new learning.
Christine Pendleton | Assistant Principal | Lane Cove Public School
Just wanted to say a big thanks for all the info at last night's talk in Geelong- invaluable information. Very practical with things we have started implementing straight away in our house. Very reassuring we are on the right track! What a great session.