7 June 2018

‘Technology has ruined the art of conversation’ that’s what my university lecturer used to say. Technology is everywhere, just look around; smartphones, tablets, computers, television, laptops, video games, kindles – our life is surrounded by technology; at home, at school. Everywhere! But unlike my University Lecturer this doesn’t necessarily need to carry a negative connotation.

The rapid growth of technology in children’s lives has enabled many opportunities for their educational and cognitive development. The internet is an amazing tool for information. Children are exposed to so much more at the click of a button, in my opinion, I could have done with that as a child.

On the other hand, Scientists would argue that healthy child development includes movement, touch, human connection and exposure to nature. So, could my Lecturer be right in saying that technology doesn’t allow children to exercise their social interaction skills? If a child is glued to their iPad watching their favourite TV show- Peppa Pig, why would they want to play outside in the wet, muddy puddles with their brother when they can watch Peppa and George do it instead.

However, we are now living in a digital era where schools, businesses and homes will need to keep up with technological advances to survive, so isn’t it in our best interests that our children learn how to use the technology effectively? Have our basic skills set changed from learning how to use a good old-fashioned pen to learning how to type on a computer keyboard? Some could argue that either way, children will learn how to read and spell, so does it matter?

The average child spends almost 8 hours a day on technology and it has now become very important for us teachers and parents to keep up with our very technologically advanced children! If you are a computing graduate looking to become a teacher or you are an experienced Computing/ICT Teacher, we want to hear from you. The Supply Room aims to help you secure your next teaching role in a Primary or Secondary School across London. Register your CV with us today!