There is a mad rush to add as many tech devices as possible in classrooms under the pretext of student’s growth and development. On one hand, tech awareness at a young age helps children better adapt to technology. On the other hand, research shows no clear evidence of improved learning with the use of tech in classrooms.
This leads our experts at Papershelm to think about the reasons tech devices are needed in the classrooms in the first place and how we can all still continue to learn without it.
People Excel Without It Too
The previous generations had little to no access to technology. All they had to do was rely on their brains and numerous hand-written books and notes. Research shows that hand-written notes are of greater benefit than writing verbatim on the computer.
This is evidenced by a 2014 study, where researchers found that writing on the computer did not allow deeper processing needed for conceptual learning. As such, students who wrote rather than type outperformed. So PapersHelm reviews the reasons to abandon tech in class and suggests you stick to hand-written notes.
Education Becomes More Expensive
While technologically-driven classroom may seem attractive, it is anything but. It makes a teacher’s job tougher while their salary decreases because the money is spent on buying an iPad or similar device. Similarly, the inequity rises when funds are shifted onto parents, as with BYOD programs among others. Thus, introducing tech devices in an already overpriced education system is mind-boggling.
Can be Distracting
This is 100% true, both in and out of the classrooms. Tech devices are regarded as an information-seeking tool by the majority, and they are. But devices like iPads remain primary sources of entertainment and are better to avoid in classrooms. The Internet is a great temptation and given the chance students will exploit it in a classroom.
Nothing Beats Old-style Reading
We at PapersHelm believe that no e-book or pdf can evoke the same emotions that you get by traditional reading. Moreover, reading from the screen can affect the eye-sight. Sometimes the books are not readily available and if they are, the print is not readable. Your limited class-time will be spent figuring out the text on-screen and no one wants that!
Students are Obsessed Enough Already
Look around you. You won’t find a single student without some piece of technology in their hands. Even with a full workload, students will find the time to text with friends or take a couple of selfies of them pretending to read a book (sighs) just to pass the time. Children are already exposed to too much screen time in their personal lives, no need to add it in classrooms as well.
Teacher-Student Engagement can be Affected
We can safely admit that teachers like parents don’t always know the best. Technology is definitely something that both teachers and parents can struggle with. That’s okay for them, not so much for students. Teachers may not understand how to deal with a technologically advanced student. Alternatively, students can be really blunt about what they know and don’t miss the chance to show-off. This can hamper teacher-student engagement to a great extent.
Technology has invaded all areas of our lives. But it is high time we learn not to let tech rule us in classrooms. A classroom is a place to learn from an instructor who has spent years in the field. Instead, policymakers are forcing students to learn from a programmed machine that cannot think or react like those teachers. Tech rules us in many ways; let it not rule our classrooms as well.