Technology Is Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say

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There is a widespread belief among teachers that digital technology is hampering students’ attention spans and ability to persevere, according to two surveys.

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3 thoughts on “Technology Is Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say

  1. Absolutely, but really to the extent to which digital tech is over-used. Schools certainly should maximize the usage of decent, appropriate digital tech but as practitioners we must take care not to shove out other things that still have a place in our lives.

    • Absolutely. And I do agree with you here. However the scope of the argument here was more along the lines that society is changing in the way people interact, communicate and live (integrating digital technologies). This is invariably leading to a change across all levels of society including children and adolescents – I might boldly add that maybe these last two groups of society are the ones who adapt most quickly to the changes in relation to uptake and adaptation of technology. And again the argument I stress upon is this. Digital technology is affecting the way people learn – we come across digital literacies here – and yet, in schools we still keep teaching the way we have been taught 20 or 30 years ago. I am not saying “let’s just use the computers, interactive whiteboards and tools” … No I don’t believe tools are the panacea for learning. What I say is – changing methods, methodologies and approaches, is no longer an option but it has become an essential component if we want our students to maximize on the time which they spend in schools. Let them try to learn, using methods and methodologies that reflect the way they are interacting, communicating and living beyond the classroom walls.

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