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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 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.


RE: Sod Off
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.


RE: Sod Off
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.


RE: Sod Off
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.


RE: Sod Off
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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