Education is rapidly moving online. The traditional classroom make-up of rows of desks with real-life teacher at the front is fading as ‘mobile learning’ and ‘data-driven instruction’ become the norm.
For example, educational vlogs produced by the Kahn Academy, a non-profit educational website, are viewed by more than 10 million people every month.
The Rupert Murdoch-backed Amplify boasts on its website that it is helping three million students in the US make their digital transition. Whatever that means.
Apple and Google are fast getting on the online learning bandwagon too, so, regardless of your opinion of apps, tablets and vlogs taking over the classroom, tech-based learning is most likely coming to a school near you.
In ergonomic terms, this state of affairs is a time bomb. Young people in education today have never known a time ‘BC’ (before computers). Their bodies have always been under the strain of sitting for long hours, in static positions, necks and shoulders hunched over the latest revolution in learning.
Musculoskeletal problems are likely to be the next childhood epidemic, rising alongside obesity, cardiovascular problems and diabetes.
It’s time to vaccinate young people by raising awareness around safe computer use, most importantly, the importance of time away from computers, tablets, smartphones, etc.