The HoD for Technology here at IICS has a child named Zuri (aka 'Bear') who is around 16 months old; he has actively taken the approach of a near zero use of technology with him. Mr. Esmail simply wants him exposed to traditional forms of learning via playing with traditional toys, exploring (trees, plants, animals, eating bugs, video recorders, cables, etc) and developing his creative side. There is no TV, iPad/ computers etc., in his life until he is well into his two's and beyond and even then very little, limiting to educational use only.
Of course, this approach will not suit everyone and they have given this a great deal of thought. He (Zuri) will learn to use technology very quickly anyway....kids with no knowledge of computers, internet etc taught themselves even in the middle of a remote village in India. See video below (especially after 4 minutes)
Is Zuri at a disadvantage with this approach?
Read the following and give your thoughts on this imprtant issue which confronts you all in school today:
“The art of handwriting is dying in the 21st Century school”
Ask any student in any school when was the last time they actually picked up a pen and wrote something I would hazard a guess that it was some time ago.
With the access to personal and home computers when do they ever need to write anything?
The art of handwriting is dying and the problem comes to a head during their exams.
Although students can go through most of their school days typing away on a computer (quite happily), producing lovely word processed documents, when they actually sit an exam it’s on paper.
So, are we adequately preparing our students for their exam?
Shouldn’t we have time set aside where the computer is put to the side in school and they work on their handwriting skills?