Children's Education and Technology
As technology advances it becomes more of a necessity than a luxury. Parents believe that their children should all have some form of technology, and teachers think it is essential to helping kids learn. While having technology can be a good thing, it can have an affect on a child's development and education. Simply put, technology should be used to enhance what we already know. Not to replace the human component of learning, and society is starting to show just how comfortable they are with forgetting the traditional way.
This article says that children should use technology as a supplement to traditional education not as a replacement. That when combining both traditional education with technology in the class room children will learn at a better pace. But children coming up need to know how to use technology as it advances because this will open the door to higher paying jobs. Its as if children cannot escape the fact that technology is becoming more relevant than old-fashioned methods, and educators as well as parents don’t help it by neglecting the fact that older methods are valued just as much.
Pros & Cons
-The more time students spend consuming media and the more violent it is, the worse their marks become in school. -Between the ages of 0-7 each hour of T.V. equated for a 10% chance of attention problems. -15% of children between the age of 6 and 19 can be considered overweight and twice as many are on the brink of becoming just that. -Certain video games promote the aspect of using teamwork to go farther and get things done. If this same aspect is applied in the classroom it can be very valuable. -A study shows that when students type instead of writing by hand, they are more prone to write because it keeps their interest. -In the classroom assistive technology, which purpose is to augment abilities and compensate for those with a disability has been known to meet many needs.
This article speaks on how children coming up are starting to become illiterate because of teachers neglect on the traditions of penmanship. A study shows that 100% out of 169 teachers thought printing should be taught as a separate subject. The fact that children have poor penmanship skills impacts their language and how they learn in other subjects. The excessive use of technology has had a significant affect on children’s ability to comprehend, and pay attention. It also effects their memory capacity and learning ability. It states that in the 60’s and 70’s around 45 minutes were devoted to teaching the skills of handwriting and now it is merely 14 minutes.
This Graphs depicts how students grades become affected the more they use technology when doing homework.
My solution to this problem is that parents put a limit to how often their children use electronics. I believe that they should have the knowledge to correctly operate technology as it advances. But not before knowing things that are essential to everyday living . Educators should attempt to teach their students the traditional way of doing things before showing them the new and advanced way, because if technology fails and you are not prepared to do things without it you will be lost in a cyber world with no way of return.
“If children don’t learn to write the thoughts they wish to convey will disappear as soon as they touch the keyboard”