Sunday, 17 May 2015

Raising children to be internet dependent

"Pens and paper have no place in the modern classroom. And chalkboards? They should be banished from our schools too."

"That’s what Lia De Cicco Remu, director of Partners in Learning at Microsoft Canada, told the Georgia Straight ahead of the Microsoft Summit 2015 in Vancouver, which is set to be attended by around 200 teachers...."

"Throwing out pens, paper, and chalkboards—not to mention print textbooks—doesn’t mean that schools should abandon writing all together, according to De Cicco Remu. With a stylus and a tablet, kids can still cognitively benefit from the digitized practice of "inking", she explained."

"For teachers skeptical about new technology’s place in the classroom, she has a message."

"Shift or get off the pot," De Cicco Remu said. "Seriously, it’s not fair to the kids. It’s tough at the outset to understand and learn all these tools, but you’re doing a disservice to our students and these kids’ futures if you don’t. And that’s your job."

Who benefits when children spend all day every day interacting with a screen ? Most respondents to the article recognised that it would be companies like Microsoft.

Also note that cursive handwriting is already disappearing in some schools and so writing fluency and the ability to read important historical documents will be lost.

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