“But the king is naked!” The promised digital revolution has left our schools shortchanged. Let’s delve right into the heart of the matter: the detrimental impact of early computer use on crucial childhood development.
At the turn of the millennium, there was boundless optimism surrounding the internet’s exponential growth. We envisioned the internet superhighway, coupled with emerging cellular technology, transforming every facet of our lives for the better. To a large extent, it did. Industries like retail succumbed to the allure of online shopping, and entertainment became accessible on-demand, catering to our on-the-go lifestyles. By now, remote work has become the norm for many, thanks to the convenience of email and virtual conferencing.
Today’s Edtech Classroom
In this climate of rapid technological advancement, it was only natural to expect that the digital revolution would disrupt our education system, just as it had in the workplace. After all, the internet was a vast repository of knowledge, accessible at our fingertips. All we needed to do was connect our students to this vast trove of information, and the era of knowledge downloading would commence.