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While we LOVE this place, I need to have a little rant after our visit yesterday.  Why does every exhibit in the aquarium need it’s own ipad thingy on the wall next to it? It’s so distracting for kids.  They were all crowded round the screens, pressing at them, and not looking at the wonderful, live animals in the tanks.  I’m not sure the kids got any useful information from these screens.  Even when used properly, they just have snippets of disjointed information that flash up and down almost too quickly to read. It was a perfect example of how technology can actually undermine education.  I think the experience would be far better if they replaced these touch screens with more old-fashioned, and more informative, displays that don’t become the main attractions.

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These results of a recent survey of British kids are really super sad. Can’t imagine the situation in the US is much better.

TOP TEN THINGS (UK) CHILDREN AGED 5 TO 13 CAN DO:

1 Work a DVD player – 67 per cent

2 Log onto the internet – 58 per cent

3 Play computer games on games console (wii, Xbox or similar) – 50 per cent

4 Make a phone call – 46 per cent

5 Use a handheld games console (Nintendo DSi, PSP or similar) – 45 per cent

6 Use an iPhone (or smartphone) – 42 per cent

7 Work Sky Plus – 41 per cent

8 Send a text message – 38 per cent

9 Search for clips on YouTube – 37 per cent

10 Use an iPad (or tablet computer) – 31 per cent

TOP TEN THINGS UK CHILDREN AGED 5 TO 13 CAN’T DO:

1 Recognise three types of butterfly – 91 per cent

2 Repair a puncture – 87 per cent

3 Tie a reef knot – 83 per cent

4 Read a map – 81 per cent

5 Build a camp fire – 78 per cent / Put up a tent 78.5 per cent

6 Spot a blackbird, sparrow or robin – 71 per cent

7 Make papier mâché – 72 per cent

8 Make a cup of tea – 65 per cent

9 Build a den – 63 per cent

10 Climb a tree – 59 per cent

See here for the report.

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