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The screen-time dilemma: Digitally driven learning disengagement

In the past five years, Claire Orange has seen a diabolical shift in childhood’s goalposts through increasing screen-time in many families. This is leading to learning disengagement in primary school classrooms…

Shall we talk about the ugly truth of digitally driven educational disengagement in our classrooms?

Any teacher with students in the upper years of primary school will be able to tell stories of children who simply find everything boring, boring, boring. If there is no rapid-fire, always fun, never-repetitive content then it is immediately boring. And even if interest is piqued at the lesson outset, it is not maintained for very long and the achievement of lesson objectives falls into the dark abyss of failed lesson plans.

The iPad generation

This generation of young learners is the first to have grown up fully digitally immersed right from birth. In fact, according to Parent Zone’s recent Sensible Sharing research, many children sitting in classrooms will have more than 1,500 pictures of themselves posted online by their fifth birthday

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