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They say students lack the motor skills or can't pay attention in class because of tablet overexposure

A group of UK teachers are urging parents to limit their children's time on tablets and other technology, as they claim a rising number of young students lack the motor skills needed to play with building blocks while older students are unable to take written exams with pen and paper.

According to The Telegraph, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers wants parents to turn off the Wi-Fi at night before bed so students get a good night's sleep instead of playing on tablets all night. 

The association claims that younger students as young as three or four can swipe on an iPad screen, but have little or no dexterity in their fingers to use building blocks. 

As for the older students, the association said their attention spans are limited in the classroom due to overexposure to technology. They further claimed that these students can't implement the skills they read in their textbooks, but have exceptional technical skills when it comes to consumer electronics.  


“It is our job to make sure that the technology is being used wisely and productively and that pupils are not making backward steps and getting obsessed and exhibiting aggressive and anti-social behaviours,” said Mark Montgomery, a teacher from Northern Ireland.

“In the same way we can use a brick to either break a window or build a house, digital technology can be used for good or bad, and teachers can and should help their pupils make positive choices so they have positive experiences.”

The teachers say many children born with an iPad in their hands and overuse the devices are more likely to lack non-tech skills as simple as writing with pen and paper. 

This seems to be an issue in other parts of the world as well. Back in 2012, it was reported that children in South Korea are especially prone to internet addiction, and that the dangers of tech addiction would be taught in schools. 

In the U.S., however, tablets like the iPad are being deployed in many school districts to advance tech skills. 

Source: The Telegraph



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RE: Sod Off
By Reclaimer77 on 4/17/2014 5:07:31 PM , Rating: -1
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Freedom of speech untill they say something you don't like huh?


The First Amendment doesn't apply to the UK fyi :)

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Not being able to write properly is a big deal.


Obviously I'm not arguing that point. Of course it is. I have no problem with teachers stressing the importance of reading. I draw the line at suggesting how parents raise their kids at home.

But this IS the UK we're talking about. Today teachers are voicing their opinion, tomorrow we'll start seeing legislation proposed for a national mobile device child-lockout or something...


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By amanojaku on 4/17/2014 5:32:16 PM , Rating: 2
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By Reclaimer77 on 4/17/2014 4:48:26 PM , Rating: 2

That's because "children" read Doctor Seuss! I was reading at an adult level early on.

By TSS on 4/17/2014 4:51:27 PM , Rating: 2

Funny how you say they should have no opinion on it. Freedom of speech untill they say something you don't like huh?

By Reclaimer77 on April 17, 2014 at 5:07 PM
The First Amendment doesn't apply to the UK fyi :)
For someone who claimed to be reading at an adult level since childhood your responses are shocking. TSS never said "the First Amendment", he/she said "freedom speech". Which the UK DOES have, with exceptions. Same as the US. Run into a crowded place and yell "fire" when there isn't one. You'll be thrown in jail in the US, First Amendment be damned.


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By Reclaimer77 on 4/17/14, Rating: -1
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By Reclaimer77 on 4/17/2014 6:07:05 PM , Rating: 2
Oh and by the way, I was making a joke anyway. Hence the smiley face. Hello?


RE: Sod Off
By atechfan on 4/17/2014 7:08:17 PM , Rating: 2
reclaimer77 said

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Only in America is the freedom of speech an inalienable right to all humans


Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms said

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Fundamental Freedoms

FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS.
2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
(a) freedom of conscience and religion; (b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication; (c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and (d) freedom of association.


Once again, you prove you have no idea what you are talking about. Sadly, you exercise your right to free speech by showing how uneducated you truly are.


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By Reclaimer77 on 4/17/2014 7:19:47 PM , Rating: 1
Canada, where they had Government enforced SPEECH CODES! That were finally lifted in 2012. Not 1812, not 1912, but two thousand and freaking twelve.

http://www.roger-pearse.com/weblog/2012/06/08/an-i...

"For decades, Canadians had meekly submitted to a system of administrative law that potentially made de facto criminals out of anyone with politically incorrect views about women, gays, or racial and religious minority groups. All that was required was a complainant (often someone with professional ties to the CHRC itself) willing to sign his name to a piece of paper, claim he was offended, and then collect his cash winnings at the end of the process. The system was bogus and corrupt."

Yeah great freedom of speech there...


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By Reclaimer77 on 4/17/14, Rating: 0
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By atechfan on 4/17/2014 7:30:38 PM , Rating: 2
Says the guy from the country where the IRS is sent after people with viewpoints that Obama doesn't like.


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By Reclaimer77 on 4/17/14, Rating: 0
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By atechfan on 4/17/2014 7:36:44 PM , Rating: 2
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In June 2010, the Supreme Court ruled against free speech in a case challenging the legitimacy of the material support statute. In Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, the government accused HLP, a non-profit organization that advocates for human rights and peaceful resolution of armed conflicts by consulting with local groups around the world (and which has consultative status with the United Nations), of material support for terrorism. As the Center for Constitutional Rights explains,

The decision marks the first time that the Supreme Court has held that the First Amendment permits Congress to make pure speech advocating lawful, nonviolent activity-human rights advocacy and peacemaking-a crime. Doing so can land a citizen in prison for 15 years, all in the name of “fighting terrorism.”

The Court's ruling leaves it unclear whether publishing an op-ed or submitting an amicus brief in court arguing that a group does not belong on the list is a criminal act is prohibited. What is clear is that the Court's decision is likely to cast a broad chill over political speech and the activities of humanitarian groups and journalists.


I could go on, but I'll let you further embarrass yourself.


RE: Sod Off
By Reclaimer77 on 4/17/2014 7:42:55 PM , Rating: 1
LOL I love how you still think you have the high road here. Dude, your Canada example blew up in your face!

I've known for years Canada had speech codes. You're obviously just using Bing and desperately trying to find anything to hurl at me without understanding any underlying context.

And yes Eric Holder is a scumbag, and Obama put two Liberal cunts on the Supreme Court. But comparing ONE ruling to years of Canadian thought-police policies?

Desperate!


RE: Sod Off
By Reclaimer77 on 4/17/2014 7:57:42 PM , Rating: 1
And where in the hell exactly did I say in America that Government couldn't infringe on our freedom of speech?

Read what I said again. Yes in other countries there is a defined freedom of speech. Yet that freedom is always derived from the Government, thus can be taken away from the Government.

The Founders believed we had inalienable rights, that were imbued to us not by Government authority, but were "natural" rights. Thus NO Government body could strip them from us.


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By atechfan on 4/17/2014 8:14:59 PM , Rating: 2
The usual reclaimer77 moving goalpost. First you claim that no other country has free speech as a right. Then when I gave an example, you come back with a case where this right was abusively supressed, so I show that the same thing happens in your so-called free country. Now you are changing the requirements, so that my examples are not valid but yours somehow still are?

OK, we'll play by your rules. You state that only the US believes that these rights come from a higher power.

The Canadian Charter starts out like this:

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Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law:


Sounds an awful lot to me that the rights therein were considered to be granted by a power higher than government, just like in your constitution.

Sure, there have been abuses, but that doesn't make your statement that only the USA has the right of free speech to be any more true, regardless of your backpedalling and rule changing.

While we are on the subject of free speech violations in the USA:

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In the eeriest parallel to my experiences in martial law Poland, on two consecutive evenings the police inexplicably deemed assemblies of people peacefully gathered in a large, grassy University of Pittsburgh plaza to be “unlawful” and ordered everyone to disperse immediately. Police used an “LRAD” (first-ever civilian use of a military sonic weapon that can cause permanent hearing loss), shot pepper spray into dormitory stairwells, and fired rubber bullets and beanbags at fleeing students and curiosity seekers.


When the Chretien government used pepper spray on G20 protesters here in Canada, the nation was outraged and that was one of the events that helped bring down his government and force him to resign. Yet much more dangerous weapons were used against protesters in your country and you probably didn't even know about it.

America is turning into a police state, and you have the gall to declare it more free than the rest of the world?


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By Reclaimer77 on 4/17/2014 8:33:22 PM , Rating: 1
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First you claim that no other country has free speech as a right.


I never said that.

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America is turning into a police state, and you have the gall to declare it more free than the rest of the world?


I never said that.

I'm getting some creepy Nationalistic vibe from you over this, when it was never my intention to declare my country was the 'bestest evar' or whatever you have in your head. If I've somehow offended you over my quite innocent statement, I guess I'm sorry.

I'm as concerned as anyone over the direction my country has gone in lately. However I still believe in the ideals it's founding was based on. And I am NOT going to apologize for that!


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By atechfan on 4/17/2014 8:59:26 PM , Rating: 5
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First you claim that no other country has free speech as a right.

I never said that.


quote:
Only in America is the freedom of speech an inalienable right to all humans


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By Reclaimer77 on 4/17/14, Rating: 0
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By atechfan on 4/17/2014 8:22:38 PM , Rating: 5
You are making this too easy.

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And where in the hell exactly did I say in America that Government couldn't infringe on our freedom of speech?


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Thus NO Government body could strip them from us.


You contradicted yourself. Which is it? Can the government take away your free speech, or can it not?


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By Reclaimer77 on 4/17/2014 8:28:01 PM , Rating: 2
It can't take away our freedom of speech, but of course it can place certain limits on it.

We've all heard the "fire in theater" bit, I'm not going to repeat it.

And why are we going on and on about something that wasn't even my main point?


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By inighthawki on 4/17/2014 6:39:19 PM , Rating: 2
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Obviously I'm not arguing that point. Of course it is. I have no problem with teachers stressing the importance of reading. I draw the line at suggesting how parents raise their kids at home.

A teacher's job is to teach students. If they feel that their behaviors outside of the classroom are impacting their ability to learn, they have every right to make suggestions about behavioral changes needed to perform better at school. It's not like the teachers are rallying together to pass a law to restrict iPad usage or something. They're just showing concern.

I'm sure some of these teachers have been teaching for a long time and have taught classes going well beyond the current generation of technology. So if those teachers see a significant difference in performance from previous generations, it would be reason to show concern. On the other hand, teachers who have been in the profession for only a couple years probably don't have much credibility in this concern.


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By Reclaimer77 on 4/17/2014 6:50:00 PM , Rating: 2
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I'm sure some of these teachers have been teaching for a long time and have taught classes going well beyond the current generation of technology. So if those teachers see a significant difference in performance from previous generations, it would be reason to show concern. On the other hand, teachers who have been in the profession for only a couple years probably don't have much credibility in this concern.


That's the problem. Every generation perceives the one after it as being inferior in some way, if not entirely.

This is a perception issue. Before this it was video games. Before that it was television.

Take the US education system for example. All you hear about is how crappy it is compared to yesteryear. Except when you look at the numbers, our students today are basically in NO worst shape than the previous few generations of students in test scores, drop-out percentage, and other metrics.


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By inighthawki on 4/17/2014 7:31:12 PM , Rating: 2
I think you misunderstood.

I'm not saying generation X thinks generation X+1's habits/activities are inferior - in fact I specifically mentioned this as having little credibility in my above post.

I'm saying the people who have been teaching for 30+ years and have taught 3-4 or more generations of students. They have the first hand experience to provide a credible claim as to whether a certain trend is impacting learning. If you have 30 years of students and trends pass by with overall similar results, then suddenly the last 5 years of performance has been diminishing, one might be able to provide more credible insight as to why. Those are the people we need to ask.


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By Reclaimer77 on 4/17/2014 8:11:30 PM , Rating: 2
I get what you're saying, but my point is people's perceptions are often flawed. As we get older we tend to put a more nostalgic spin on the way things 'used to be'.

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then suddenly the last 5 years of performance has been diminishing


Well that's the thing, is that happening? I don't know, honest question.


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By inighthawki on 4/17/2014 8:29:11 PM , Rating: 2
No I agree. I don't know either. I was just putting out more of a "food for thought" point.


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