In previous blog posts, I have spoken about the rapid development of technology and the notion that children are now adept with technology and social media, and have somewhat turned into the teachers rather than the students in this regard. From this development, comes obvious arguments for and against. Having noticed the growing need for technology in schools, the minister for education and skills in December 2013, announced a public consultation process in primary and secondary schools to help inform policy making.
This acknowledgement has led many schools to now solely be teaching via interactive whiteboards and children using iPads instead of books. Although it is great that our next generation are being exposed to new technology and developing skills that will more than likely need in their future careers, or even everyday life; is it not all a bit clinical and overwhelming?
I recently spoke to a colleague of mine who told a story about his child having to research a ‘giraffe’ for homework one night. He laughed about the fact that she clicked into Google and printed off a Wikipedia page and that was homework done for the night. Although I am only in my Twenties, I have fond memories of sifting through old encyclopaedia and the numerous ‘child-craft’ books my mother had spent a small fortune on, just to get a few sentences on an exotic animal or place.
It saddens me to think that the children nowadays will not experience the simple pleasures of actually having to go to your local library to find information, or even engage in a conversation amongst their friends about projects but instead head straight for the computer for answers. On the other hand there are still households out there that do not possess a computer or may not have a fast internet connection. Is it fair to have those children left behind by their media ‘savvy’ counterparts. If schools are going to keep evolving, especially with the support of the government, all children need to treated equally to ensure they all reap the benefits from this new phenomenon.