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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

What if the burden of your kid’s school bag is reduced to mere grams from the bunch of many kilos? What if you are no longer worried about your child not understanding the complex concepts at the school? Well, hold your breath because your reveries are soon going to meet a dead end. The introduction of tablets in school learning has refurbished the scenario. Now tablets will be replacing books in educational institutes.

Though the new found technology is limited to only 1.5 million schools in India but the trend is slowly picking up pace in varied parts of the country. The exclusively designed tablets are helping students in getting familiar with the digital mode of learning. These tablets have inbuilt access to notebooks and learning material for different classes. Features like audio-visual presentations, preloaded dictionary are giving a hand on experience to students to make learning ‘paperless.

The Muslim Educational Society (MES) International School in North Kerela is one such example of digital-education. The students of the aforesaid school are being taught with the help of tablet. Owing to the nominal rates of the tablets, even parents are being saved from the perils of a costly education system. Eductech Company Extramarks has equipped MES and five other schools in this area. The tablets are available in both English and Hindi. Besides, it has also turned out to be a boon for the teachers at the schools.

The students at MES too seemed satisfied with the hand on experience with the tablet. It has made the process of learning easier with the visual representations of complex concepts.

The industry of digital classrooms worth $1 bn is constantly growing with 12.5% of Indian schools being on the verge of digitalisation. Companies are also planning to digitalise government schools and aanganwadis in order to help the underprivileged.

But the new age schism is being equally criticised on the grounds that it might adversely affect the health of the children using it.

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Pre-Schoolers with Symptoms of ADHD Take More Time to Be School-Ready

We were pretty surprised at the proportion of kids within the ADHD group who were not school-ready

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It was found that 79 per cent of the children with ADHD had impaired school readiness compared with 13 per cent of children in the control group. Pixabay

Researchers have found that pre-schoolers with symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are much less likely to be ready for school, compared to other children of the same age.

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, included 93 children — 45 children with ADHD and 48 without the condition. Aged between 4-5 years, nearly all had attended or were currently enrolled in preschool and some were enrolled in kindergarten.

It was found that 79 per cent of the children with ADHD had impaired school readiness compared with 13 per cent of children in the control group.

“We were pretty surprised at the proportion of kids within the ADHD group who were not school-ready, it’s a really high number,” said Irene Loe, Assistant Professor at Stanford University in the US.

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Researchers have found that pre-schoolers with symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are much less likely to be ready for school, compared to other children of the same age. Pixabay

“A lot of these kids are not identified until they’re really having a lot of trouble in the school setting,” Loe said.

For the study, researchers conducted tests and administered parent questionnaires to measure five areas of the children’s functioning: physical well-being and motor development; social and emotional development; approaches to learning; language development; and cognition and general knowledge.

According to the study, kids with ADHD were not more likely than their peers to show impairment in the area of cognition and general knowledge.

But children with ADHD were much more likely than their peers to struggle in all the four other areas measured.

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They were 73 times more likely than children without ADHD to be impaired in approaches to learning; more than seven times as likely to have impaired social and emotional development; six times as likely to have impaired language development; and three times as likely to have impaired physical well-being and motor development.

The findings suggest that identifying and helping kids with significant levels of ADHD symptoms could reduce their struggles in elementary school. (IANS)