Do Computers make Kids Smarter??
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How effective are computers and new technologies in raising standards and ensuring students achieve strong results? According to a recent report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the answer is four out of 10 (poor).

Based on an analysis of the results of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests, the OECD report, entitled Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection, concludes: “
Countries that have invested heavily in information and communication technologies (ICT) for education have seen NO noticeable improvement in their performance in PISA results for reading, mathematics or science.

Source: Proliferation of screens making kids no smarter


 
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I can believe that. Why learn anything when it's all available and pre-packaged on Google and wikipedia for you?

I'm as guilty of this as anyone else.
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(06-13-2019, 09:49 AM)Augustinian Wrote: I can believe that. Why learn anything when it's all available and pre-packaged on Google and wikipedia for you?

I'm as guilty of this as anyone else.

Same here. We get into the problem of if you can look it up at a moment's notice, why remember it?
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Not to mention how accessible this makes pornography. Kids are curious especially if parental controls are not being used.
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(06-13-2019, 02:21 PM)SeeTheLight Wrote: Not to mention how accessible this makes pornography. Kids are curious especially if parental controls are not being used.

Sadly parental controls are almost useless if you have a kid who knows their way around a computer.
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A long time ago I was really sick.  I used to love to read but developed difficulty reading.  Watching TV was OK, looking at the internet was OK.  I asked the doctor about this.
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She said that TV, music listening and internet were more passive that reading, they require less effort than reading a book.   She was/is right.  I can still tell a difference when I try to read a book versus looking at the internet - reading an actual book is harder, it requires more concentration
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(06-13-2019, 05:30 PM)MaryTN Wrote: A long time ago I was really sick.  I used to love to read but developed difficulty reading.  Watching TV was OK, looking at the internet was OK.  I asked the doctor about this.
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She said that TV, music listening and internet were more passive that reading, they require less effort than reading a book.   She was/is right.  I can still tell a difference when I try to read a book versus looking at the internet - reading an actual book is harder, it requires more concentration

Yeah, I can relate to that.
A few years ago, I also developed reading difficulty, but I forced myself to be more patient, finally I overcame it.
Net surfing and TV could really lead to reading difficulty.

I still prefer printed books today, I always try to read printed books whenever I can. I can learn more with printed booksRolleyes
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Yet the fact remains that there are also many didactic benefits of allowing your children access to the computer & internet. Of course you need to be vigilant and supervise their online activities. But when used properly, the computer & internet can bring great benefits for the academic and personal development of your children.
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