As I am doing online research for other assignment, I discovered something interesting that caught my attention about ICTs. Jaffrey Freed, who is the author of Right-Brained Kids in a Left-Brained World, writes that one of the factor for the increased number of children with short attention span is because of our generation children has been saturated with different types of technologies that develop a short attention span. The damage of the focus in the brain in playing computer games or watching too much TV. The constant the sound effects, the flash colors, and changing of images contribute to changing the wiring of the brain by push a left-brained learner towards becoming right-brained learner. He also mentioned further that educational system is designed for the left brained learner, therefore technology as the tool of entertainment is essential to evaluate and observe (Major, 2013).
Here are a few articles to discover more about how technologies affect student’s attention span:
Texting, TV and Tech trashing children’s attention spans : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ellen-galinsky/kids-and-technology_b_2068862.html
Is technology and the internet reducing pupils’ attention spans? : http://www.guardian.co.uk/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2013/mar/11/technology-internet-pupil-attention-teaching
Besides that, I heard the latest news (16th April, 2013) from someone about 18 years old Chinese student died after playing computer games for 12 hours in one of the cyber cafe at Petaling Jaya. It is because of sudden heart attack. Before this, this young man was fine in his health condition. Doctors predicted that the cause of death might due to playing computer games for long period of time without resting.
In the conclusion, I believe balance is key when using technologies tools such as gadgets, tablets, and computer . We should utilize technologies in the right way for our benefits.
Galinsky, E. (2013). Texting, TV and Tech trashing children’s attention spans. Retrieved April 17, 2013, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ellen-galinsky/kids-and-technology_b_2068862.html
Jeffries, D. (2013). Is technology and the internet reducing pupils’ attention spans? Retrieved April 17, 2013, http://www.guardian.co.uk/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2013/mar/11/technology-internet-pupil-attention-teaching
Major. S. (2013). Tips for teaching children with short attention spans. Retrieved April 16, 2013, from http://www.homeeddirectory.com/articles/7_april10