Young can 'only read digital clocks'

Do younger individuals actually battle with conventional analogue clocks with fingers?

That is the declare in a debate between lecturers – with recommendations that digital clocks are being put in in examination halls for youngsters.

It follows a report within the Times Educational Supplement of a convention being informed that pupils wanted a digital clock to have the ability to inform the time.

Malcolm Trobe, of the ASCL head lecturers’ union, mentioned younger individuals had been far more used to utilizing digital clocks.

As such, colleges may very well be making an attempt to present them extra assist by letting college students use digital clocks in examination rooms throughout the summer time GCSEs and A-levels.

“To adults it may appear second nature to make use of a normal clock face,” mentioned Mr Trobe, ASCL’s deputy common secretary.

However youthful individuals had been far more acquainted with seeing the time in a digital format – on computer systems or cell phones.

“Younger individuals discover it a bit simpler to make use of a digital clock – and in the event that they’re timing themselves for questions, it would make it much less probably that they’re going to make errors,” mentioned Mr Trobe.

He mentioned, for example, if college students needed to reply a query in 15 minutes, it may very well be simpler for them a clock with a digital format, if that was how they often informed the time.

There have been no official indications about taking down analogue clocks, he mentioned, however such claims had been being made by lecturers on social media.

One of many examples on Twitter being quoted is from a head of English, “Ms Keenan”.

However she informed the BBC that the digital clocks that had been put in had damaged down – and now had been changed by a standard analogue clock.

She mentioned it wasn’t the case majority of scholars cannot inform the time utilizing such analogue clocks, but it surely may very well be a barrier for some.

For the “digital technology”, she mentioned an analogue clock may very well be changing into an “anachronism”.

Will this be a pattern for the approaching summer time exams?

Solely time will inform.

Revealed at Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:08:41 +0000