School dumps iPads, returns to paper textbooks

manama

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How many kids still walk to school these days and even if they do, they can keep the books in lockers. A heavy backpack didn't kill anyone 20-30yrs ago nor will it do so today.
Where do you think the back problems came from? And carrying heavy backpacks will ruin your body and thats a fact. I live in a country where we don't use ipads and use backpacks and it has been nothing more than years of suffering.

Kids are not meant to carry heavy stuff.
 






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The iPads are a major distraction in schools though.
Okay that is stupid kids can and should be able to do whatever they want to do, outside of class. Distraction is a poor excuse by controlling teachers.
 






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Okay that is stupid kids can and should be able to do whatever they want to do, outside of class. Distraction is a poor excuse by controlling teachers.
Yeah outside of class. You just said you don’t have iPads in your school so I can assume you haven’t seen how this plays out first hand. I have. I’m literally hired in specifically to deal with keeping distracted kids on task (amongst other things). You walk around these schools and the kids are lost in the damn things. They are doing ten things on the iPad at any given time and none of it is what they are supposed to be doing. They are zoned out to the iPads even at lunch instead of interacting with their peers. Technology isn’t bad. But there’s nothing wrong with the pretech way either. And children already have a hard enough time concentrating in school with out adding yet another thing to distract them.

There’s a way to do this without breaking their backs as well. Leave text books at school and make copies or upload to a website what they need to do at home.
 






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Yeah outside of class. You just said you don’t have iPads in your school so I can assume you haven’t seen how this plays out first hand. I have. I’m literally hired in specifically to deal with keeping distracted kids on task (amongst other things). You walk around these schools and the kids are lost in the damn things. They are doing ten things on the iPad at any given time and none of it is what they are supposed to be doing. They are zoned out to the iPads even at lunch instead of interacting with their peers. Technology isn’t bad. But there’s nothing wrong with the pretech way either. And children already have a hard enough time concentrating in school with out adding yet another thing to distract them.

There’s a way to do this without breaking their backs as well. Leave text books at school and make copies or upload to a website what they need to do at home.
Then teach them how to properly use technology at a given time. You can't take it out. We aren't living in the 20th century, we are living in the age of technology.
Cutting it out will do absolutely nothing more than make kids hate going to school. You can not force interaction.
 






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Also another thing, the putting on internet for work at home doesn't work either because most kids do not have access to internet. And even if they did, students shouldn't be getting work for home in the first place.
 






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You can teach/tell a kid - especially a teenager - a million things. It doesn’t mean they are going to listen. And the way technology works on the gratification centers of the brain, it is unreasonable to expect them to.

Technology can be used as a tool without 100% taking over all things. There’s nothing wrong with opening a book and I personally think it’s a little sad that we have moved so far away from that. Wikipedia is not an academic source, answers are not always going to be at your fingertips and kids should learn this in addition to learning how to use technology. It shouldn’t be one or the other, and we are doing a disservice to our children by making it so.
 






manama

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You can teach/tell a kid - especially a teenager - a million things. It doesn’t mean they are going to listen. And the way technology works on the gratification centers of the brain, it is unreasonable to expect them to.

Technology can be used as a tool without 100% taking over all things. There’s nothing wrong with opening a book and I personally think it’s a little sad that we have moved so far away from that. Wikipedia is not an academic source, answers are not always going to be at your fingertips and kids should learn this in addition to learning how to use technology. It shouldn’t be one or the other, and we are doing a disservice to our children by making it so.
If you constantly hook them up to books, they are going to appreciate books less.

And if teens aren't going to listen, you think making it the only option is going to work? My college once tried to ban phones because of the whole distraction thing, all it did was drop attendance.
 






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I agree, nobody of my generation got hurt from carrying books to school. Smartphones have no place in school where kids should learn social skills and general life skills.
I agree to a certain extent but it is the PARENTS who need to teach their kids social skills. Many parents shove their children into schools and some of them will not grow out of being shy or socially awkward. A lot of kids adapt fine but it is not the case for some. What about the bullies? They have 0 social skills and yet who has really taken the time to teach them how to properly treat others?
 






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Thanks for sharing, Karlysymon. I had heard before that many of the Silicon Valley executives do not allow their children to use these devices. Why don't the executives try and convince other parents to put the same salutary restraints on their children?
Distraction is a poor excuse by controlling teachers.
Like Peter said, even the app developers disagree with you.
The Touch-Screen Generation
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/04/the-touch-screen-generation/309250/
Where do you think the back problems came from?
I have no idea.
Then teach them how to properly use technology at a given time. You can't take it out. We aren't living in the 20th century, we are living in the age of technology.
But it was designed to be addictive.
You can not force interaction.
Yes you can. If there is no device to "talk" to or interact with, you'll be forced to interact with the person next to you.
If you constantly hook them up to books, they are going to appreciate books less.
False. I turned out okay.
 






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Shit, my son's fourth grade backpack was bigger than my HS backpack.
Why did you edit my quote?

Carrying a backpack at a young age is healthy. I walked to school with it. Would be good exercise for all the sick & unhealthy kids these days,
 






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