Friday, November 9, 2012

Media and It's Effect on the Classroom

Common Sense Media recently released a study:
Children, Teens, and Entertainment Media: The View From The Classroom

Teachers were asked to spell out the range of classroom skills that have hurt by constant use of media at home. Media includes: TV shows, music, video games, texting, iPods, cell phone games, social networking sites, apps, computer programs, online videos, and websites students use for fun. Problems areas noted are shorter attention spans, decline in writing skills, negative effects on social development, and time on social media takes away homework time. 
Some of positives noted were: Improved time to find information, tech savvy, and the ability to multi-task effectively. Some teachers believe that Social Media like Facebook and YouTube has actually improved students social skills by giving them a world view and a broader acceptance of diversity. 

What are your thoughts?

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