Watching this report all I could think about was the “one-to-one” iPad program our school district boasts about. It’s time to rethink technology in the classrooms.
The one-to-one computing plan puts enormous focus on the device itself, the enhancement of the network, and training teachers to use the technology. Then, teachers are instructed to go! But go where? That’s the critical question that must be addressed first.
Scientific research studies have proven that:
- Digital devices lead to sleep disruption and deprivation, which impacts on learning, and is associated with obesity, and other physical disorders, such as computer vision syndrome;
- Computer use in class disrupts the learning process and impairs learning outcomes for users and non-users alike;
- Learning with books and paper is superior to learning with e-books. Practical proof for this finding is that Waterstones is abandoning the Kindle Reader as sales of e-books have fallen dramatically. Furthermore, Nielsen Book Research found that 75% of readers prefer printed books, while 35% refuse to read e-books;
- Taking notes with pen and paper, as opposed to touch typing notes in class, leads to better learning outcomes;
- Smartphone, iPad, and laptop use in class results in student distraction and multitasking, which, impair learning and lead to neural addiction problems, such as internet addiction disorder and other psychological maladies;
- There are islands of success in an ocean of failure when it comes toinformation and communications technology and educational technologies, with researchers arguing that there is little evidence to support the proposition that digital devices and/or EdTech improve pedagogy or learning outcomes.
See the American Academy of Pediatrics Announces New Recommendations for Children’s Media Use