Continuing Education for professionals
Little Tikes Commercial is delighted to offer Continuing Education to professionals who share our goal of inspiring innovative play products for families around the world. We’re an approved CEU provider of ASLA – Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) and The American Institute of Architects (AIA).
THE EVOLUTION OF NORTH AMERICAN PLAYGROUNDS FROM 1900 TO THE PRESENT AND BEYOND
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- Examine the history and emergence of playgrounds from the early 1900s.
- Assess the rise of safety and surfacing as a concern for American playground designers.
- Describe modern playground equipment and its impact on the health and development of all children.
- Explore the sustainable aspects of playground design, including earning points for LEED certification.
- Discuss emerging playground trends.
Prior to 1900, there were virtually no playgrounds in North America. As population moved from farms to cities, playgrounds were seen as a way to keep children busy and out of trouble. Since then, both the art and practice of playground design have expanded to include safety, accessibility, and inclusivity, and to encompass and foster child development. Playgrounds have helped earn points for LEED and other certifications, and equipment manufacturers have adopted sustainability programs. This course looks at the architect’s and landscape architect’s roles in the past, present, and future of playground design and specification.
Getting Kids Moving Again: Mobile Games, Connected Playgrounds, and Data Collection
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- By the time you have completed this educational unit, you will be able to:
- Describe the decline in child physical activity over the past few decades, the reasons for it, and the consequences.
- Identify a new generation of mobile game apps and connected playgrounds that drive children outdoors, increasing physical activity and engaging parents in playground activities.
- Discuss the health benefits of connected playground activity for both children and their parents.
- Define how playground owners and operators can use aggregate data on usage patterns of connected playgrounds to formulate programs, set budgets, apply for grants, and get community engagement.
- Discuss a potential case study of playgrounds that are Internet and app driven, and collecting data to help in municipal planning and fundraising for playgrounds.
Children today spend less and less time outdoors engaging in healthy physical activity, compared to just a few years ago, and more and more time indoors, sedentary, and exposed to a number of screens: cell phones, iPods, tablets, computers, and televisions. The negative health consequences of these habits are already evident, and will likely worsen over time. But while many parents might perceive screen-technology as an obstacle to improving their child’s fitness, recent studies have shown that a new generation of mobile games can actually be a very effective tool at motivating higher physical activity amongst kids while also increasing parental engagement. They use the appeal of mobile games and apps to encourage children ages 3 to 9 (dubbed “touchscreen natives”) out to the playground, along with a parent who holds the device.