WHAT ARE TEXTING, SMART PHONES, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, VIDEO GAMES DOING TO OUR CHILDREN’S BRAINS?
Can the Facebook, Twitter, Texting, video game generation concentrate enough to become adequately educated for the future? At the Unitarian Fellowship of Columbus service today, retired CSU History Professor Mark Berger raised that question to MCSD retired teacher and Media Specialist Connie Ussery, who. in her retirement instructs Carver High teachers in using electronic media to teach. The school is transitioning to digital textbooks. Some teachers, she says, are making the transition, others are hanging on to paper textbooks.
Connie acknowledged the problem of attention spans shortening with constant bombardment of our young people’s brains by fast changing electronic media stimulation, and said the huge amount of time students spend looking at two-dimensional electronic images is definitely affecting the brains of young people. However, she says it has to be effectively used because electronic media images are here to stay and will probably increase.
And to think, I still read paper books, but I do get my daily Ledger-Enquirer electronically.