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How much technology is too much

Why we need technology in the classroom

According to a study by IT Trade Association CompTIA, 75 percent of educators think that technology has a positive impact in the education process, but why? 
Interactive classroom games that rely on technology are proven to enhance enthusiasm & engagement. What’s more, 9 out of 10 students suggest that using technology in the classroom would help prepare them for the digital future.
Online homework has time tracking, this gives teachers a greater insight into where students might be struggling, or where they are spending most of their time. Online courses highlight to teachers which students they should be focusing their attention on. Online homework gives students the opportunity to retake modules or lessons until they have a better understanding of the topic.
From a duty of care perspective, it is now expected that students are contactable in case of emergency, or they have the means to contact parents at all times. It’s suggested that giving children a mobile phone enhances the feeling of responsibility and develops ownership skills.

The need for speeds

Phones are possibly the bane of every educator's life. Phone activity has started to spill into the classroom causing major disruptions, studies have shown that merely receiving a notification can be a distraction, even if we don’t reply to it. 
Thanks to the use of mobile phones, the human attention span has decreased dramatically and is now estimated at around 14 minutes, making teachers life's even harder. Checking phones during class time is a major disruption from learning, but the distraction doesn’t stop there. More than 40 percent of people state that they look at their phone within five minutes of waking up, according to a 2016 survey by Deloitte. Fifty percent said they check them in the middle of the night, which is thought to have an impact on anxiety levels and sleep disruption within students.

France bans the phone

This year French students will not have access to their phone during the school day. The government has enforced this ban to help stop pupils being distracted by phones during class. It is hoped that this new law will make it easier for children to make friends, help children become more physically active and tackle online bullying. There are exceptions to this ban, such as using phones for extracurricular activities or for students with disabilities. This ban will only effect schools with students under the age of 15 years old.

Digital detox

With frightening statistics splashing our headlines almost daily, a new trend has emerged; the digital detox. A shocking 22% of 12-15-year olds stated that binge-watching series has led them to neglecting their school work. Statistics like this have seen a rise in students and teachers going cold turkey. Technological addictions are an issue with global proportions. In China, the government have opened up 300 boot camps to detox teenagers of their digital devices. Likewise, in the USA, internet addiction centres date back as far as 2013. 
Whilst some schools across the UK have banned the use of mobile phones on the school premises, some establishments are struggling to overcome the challenges that come with a technologically advanced world. We urge teachers to carefully consider classroom rules, encourage other outlets which are not technology based and mix up classroom planning to have a varied set of tech based and ‘old-fashioned’ techniques. 

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