Opinion

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Technology is changing learning in schools - for better and for worse

As the State exams begin, a debate is needed around our children's use of smartphones, says Luke Saunders

As recent as five years ago, it would be rare to see a first- or second-year student with a smartphone. Today, it would be unusual to come across a student without one. Stock picture
As recent as five years ago, it would be rare to see a first- or second-year student with a smartphone. Today, it would be unusual to come across a student without one. Stock picture

Luke Saunders

Can you remember the last time you saw your child without a smartphone or a tablet in their hands? In fact, have you seen them go a single day without accessing a device of some sort? I haven't.

As a teacher, I have witnessed first-hand the irreversible impact smartphones are having on our children - changing the way they behave at home, in the classroom and with each other. And some of this change isn't good at all.

This Wednesday, more than 60,000 students will sit the Leaving Certificate, with a further 60,000 tackling the Junior Certificate.

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