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are now teaching in primary schools, who have lived through at least some of this technological evolution in the classroom? Is their perspective different?

“I’m surprised at how much they use the internet.” Miriam Brooks, a second year Anthropology student at UCL, is a part of Debate Mate, a scheme through which university students go to schools with high rates of free school meals to run debate groups.

“There are smart boards in every classroom,” Brook says, “In my primary school there [wasn’t] a whiteboard at all. The kids know exactly how to use the smart board, and I don’t.” She adds: “It’s quite embarrassing when I want to use it, actually, and a bit of a nightmare because it can be a big distraction.” But, Brooks’s experience of technology in primary schools goes further than just what’s on the walls of a classroom. “In primary I’m surprised at how much they use the internet,” she says, “Like how much they know about current events that I had no access to as a kid. I didn’t even know what a chancellor was in year six, but all of my class go on about George Osborne in their debates, and when I ask them if they were taught that stuff in class, they say no, they can just look stuff up if they want to know.” She compares this to her own experience with the internet in primary school. “[It was] something I never

had because the shared computer in my house wasn’t even connected to the Internet until I was 12,” she says, “Twitter and Facebook are big topics of conversation as well – they’re all on social media.” The changes in education caused by the changes of technology are inevitable. It’s clear that children growing up in the internet age are more technology savvy than older generations. However, it also seems as though modern technology has some part to play with some of the problems modern education is currently suffering from. It could be because teachers aren’t applying these technologies correctly, or because our outdated education system hasn’t kept up with the modern day technology. This is an issue that has to be faced head on. But it’s fair enough to say that things have definitely changed since we were in primary school.

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Pi Magazine, Issue 713 - Re:Generation  

Our third issue of 2015-16 explores our generation of millennial, and our collective identity. Why is our generation the way it is - what ex...

Pi Magazine, Issue 713 - Re:Generation  

Our third issue of 2015-16 explores our generation of millennial, and our collective identity. Why is our generation the way it is - what ex...

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