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Teaching jobs 'should take internet impact into account'

16/02/2010 Joanna
Staff in education jobs may have to begin taking account of how the internet has affected child learning, it has been claimed.

Andrew Davis, social media consultant and the man in charge of piloting the new Social Media and English GCSE course, was speaking in response to a new BBC documentary in which leading neuroscientists claim neuro pathways in children's brains could be permanently affected by internet learning.

Mr Davis commented: "Technology […] decreases people's attention span as they know they can go elsewhere and get their 'fix'.

"What is needed is not necessarily a more structured approach but a new way of looking at how traditional subjects are taught."

In the Homo Interneticus programme, which is being broadcast on 20 February as part of the BBC's Virtual Revolution series, the neuroscientists claim pupils are now used to being able to flick through vast quantities of online data, but rarely spend enough time studying individual topics in-depth.ADNFCR-2164-ID-19618883-ADNFCR
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