Seth Evans from Screens in Schools Work Group spoke with America’s Work Force on March 17 to discuss digital culture in classrooms.
Evans explained that as technology rapidly grows, more tools have become accessible to teachers to equip their students with while learning from home. There is a rising concern that children are exposed to technology for too long and are missing out on relationships and social connections. Evans said that since students can use technology to replace in-person learning and physical education materials, some worry that they are becoming too dependent on technology. He also mentioned that because of the increase in technological resources, parents are having a harder time monitoring their children’s tech usage because they constantly need to be utilizing it. Lastly, he offered a solution to parents and teachers called the “Screens in School Action Kit” which will effectively push back on overuse of classroom technology.
Melissa Cropper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers spoke about the teaching community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She talked about how Ohio teachers have been discussing how to properly take care of their students in a time like this. Many students rely on schools for one or two meals per day plus their medical aid. By not being able to attend school because of the shutdown, they are missing out on these essentials. Although Cropper displayed that she is upset that students are being affected, she also wants to make sure that teachers, bus drivers, custodians and other school staff are being kept safe and protected during this pandemic. They are doing this by keeping everyone home and using online resources and lesson planning for the students.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the primary election delay due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
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