LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas lawmakers want to take a closer look at technology in schools and ask if it’s really helping- not hurting- students.
Representative Stephen Meeks (R-Greenbrier) proposed the study to see when elementary schools should introduce computers, tablets and other technology to their students.
He’s concerned about it hurting kids’ attention spans and eyesight and the fact they already get a lot of screen time at home.
Since teachers have varying opinions, Meeks wants to see if the Department of Education should set standards.
“What the appropriate amount of technology, if there is an appropriate amount of technology, and how much of that technology and what type should there be to make sure it’s beneficial and not harmful to our students,” Meeks says.
Meeks reminded his colleagues that they are the first generation to tackle this issue.