New research into the effect of screen technology on children’s mental and physical development
The effect technology can have on children’s physical and mental development has been a focus of research since the rise of children’s television, followed by video games, personal computers and now mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Research findings, especially research indicating negative effects are sometimes reported in a sensationalised fashion in the media, and can sometimes be exaggerated. This may lead parents to feel concerned and guilty about the amount of time their own children are spending in front of screens. Researchers are improving their methods and are increasingly monitoring children’s use of media and potential impacts of this over the longer term.
The University of Western Australia last week announced a new research project that aims to monitor the media use of children aged eight to 15 over three years, and measure the impact this has on children’s mental health.
Read more on these couple of articles: Study to reveal impact of screen technology and Study will assess impact of screen based technologies on kids’ mental health.
School System to introduce tablets to all students
The Los Angeles school system, the second largest in the US, has decided to introduce iPads to all of its students. The initial order is for 31,000 Tablets, at a cost of $30 million. Los Angeles currently has 640,000 students in nursery through to high school. Textbooks will be delivered through an application from Pearson rather than Apple’s own i Book application. Check on the Huffing ton Post to know more.
New survey finds that teachers want more training in tech
A recent survey of 200 Idaho school teachers about their perceptions of technology in the classroom showed that teachers are very positive about the potential of educational technology, but want training. 84% of teachers said they used or were planning to use educational technology in their lessons, and 60% used the internet for weekly planning . The researchers behind the survey argue that “the ‘digital disconnect’ forming between teachers and students in terms of technology use threatens to separate the educational environment from the world in which students live”, and say administrators and policy makers must move beyond trying to convince teachers of the benefits of technology and rather focus their energy on helping teachers to overcome perceived barriers to integrating technology in teaching and learning.