As parents, we often struggle to find the right combination of screen time and studying for our children. In fact, if we allow our kids to act on their own, they would probably be in front of their favorite TV show or attempt to play video games while they’re doing their schoolwork. It is alarming to see that our children are distracted by too much screen time, and it’s hindering their ability to concentrate and finish their important tasks at school.
So, what is the right balance between screen time and schoolwork? How can educational professionals, teachers, and tutors use screen time to their advantage and teach their students effectively?
We are going to answer all of those questions in this article as we delve deeper into the pros and cons of screen time.
In fact, more and more classrooms now are taking a more blended learning approach, so they have developed a place where student has access to computers, video and other technology to enhance their education.
As technology progresses in the real world, students are now exposed to various types of apps at a very young age, and according to some experts, this type of strategy can be beneficial. They believe the students can also learn from various video resources and computer games. However, the teacher or facilitator should always be nearby so they can help with any issues or queries.
But there are those who worry that technology can interfere with students learning and fostering relationships in the classroom. In fact, they think it might even have a negative impact on their social skills.
What is the right balance?
According to experts, students should only be given access to the kind of technology that is relevant to their age and educational level. So, for preschool level, it’s recommended that teachers should explain concepts in a more practical way. But for middle and high school students, sample video on YouTube demonstrating a particular formula or a solution to a math problem may be useful.
Therefore, the type and amount of screen time should depend on their real-world experience because students need first-hand learning experience when it comes to various concepts that they need to grasp and internalize.
Is it meaningful?
Many parents and educational professionals worry that screen time might affect meaningful interactions and social relationships. However, this is not the case since it can be very helpful in the classroom, tutoring session, or at home when students are working on their homework.
We need to understand that it can be a good tool to enhance their understanding and must not replace the conventional classroom setting or teachers/peer interaction. Although students can interact using various types of messaging apps, but it must not be a substitute for meaningful interactions with the real world.
Does it empower students?
There’s a strong possibility for students who use mobile devices like iPads may feel safe making mistakes on the screen and may no longer raise their hand and risk making a mistake in class. So, when you notice students rely more on technology than real-world practical learning, it’s time to take it down a notch since it could be doing more harm than good.
Always remember, technology should only be used to empower students and enhance what they are learning and doing at school, but it should not replace their voice and presence in the classroom.
In a world full of apps and gadgets, parents and educators should find the balance between too much screen time and no screen time by being active participants in their student’s education and should point them in the right direction. If you think your child has been having too much screen time this school holidays, check out our back to school preparation tips here.