Computers in the Classroom....

Have you ever wondered or thought thatour students andchildren are spending toomuch time on the computer?Furthermore, have you wondered what the long term effects will be on today's youth that spend much time blogging, gaming, studying and social networking on computers? Fear not, the Washington Post’s reported on Thursday, September 16, 2010, that a recent study by the University of Maryland's Professor Sandra Hofferth, family science professor and director of the Maryland Population Research Center, recently linked the manyhours that our youth either spend or have spent at the computer with higher test scores and behavior with little sign of harm for children ages 6-12, as they increased their screen time over a six-year period. Results from the study found that African American boys reading scores improved upward of four pointswhile logging more time on the computer, while girls' achievement test scores for reading and math increased upward by one point. Also, socially, a positive effect onCaucasian girls resulted in them being less likely to be withdrawn, socially, as they played and used the computer.

 

These social skills are needed to enter the workforce and can be achieved through the coursework taught at the Etowah County Career Technical Centeralong withElectronics Technology and all the coursesas we prepare our students toeither enter the workforce orcontinue their education at thepost secondary levelwhile sharpening their communication skills with the help of SkillsUSA Chapters and state and nationally recognized competitions. Over the years, our students have gone from being local and statewideofficers and contestants toNational SkillsUSATop 10 Contestants. Furthermore,students haverecentlybeen elected asSkillsUSA State officers from Etowah County. Technology is working for our students in Etowah County!!!