“Fears for children’s reading and writing skills are becoming more prevalent as schools replace text-books with iPads.Some parents have noticed their kids’ spelling and handwriting skills have deteriorated since they were submerged into separate bring-your-own-device (BYOD) classes, where tablets are heavily used.Leamington Primary School in Cambridge has had separate BYOD classes since 2013.
Bernadette Stevenson said her 10-year-old daughter had been in an iPad class for two years, but her child’s maths, spelling, reading and handwriting skills started to decline after six months.
“Her handwriting is so bad. [The 10-year-old] has been writing and I’ve been thinking it’s my 6-year-old,” she said. “It’s absolutely shocking.”She said the kids were being instructed by teachers to “google” answers to questions they had, sparking concerns in Stevenson over the monitoring of their tablet use.Children’s author and founder of Snail Mail Day Judi Billcliff agrees technology in classrooms needs to be closely moderated.”It does concern me at school every kid’s got their screen – are we really helping them? I’m not convinced.”” To read further please click here:http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/69908090/iPad-classes-are-affecting-our-childrens-learning-parents