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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 JediJeb on 4/18/2014 2:51:35 PM , Rating: 2
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Bring hooked on tech is just the next direction of our civilization. Everything is more connected into computers than ever before and if you can't use, fix, and modify electronic components then you will be at a severe disadvantage. Traditional things are being replaced by their modern part. Books to E-books, metal to polymer, cable TV is now internet TV that you can watch nearly anywhere. I have thousands of books on my hard drive and I'll never read them all in my life time, that same amount of paper means many dead trees, more space than a house, and a fire hazard, why all of that when I can put them all and MORE on an out dated thumb drive?


I look at that as a positive. Just think, in a few years those of us who still know how to write cursive will be able to send messages in code that is undecipherable to the younger generation :)


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