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Why is it that in the information age, it’s so easy to forget things? Is it information overload? Or is it that shortcuts are among our shortcomings?
These questions are at the heart of the debate on how best to educate students. Tech companies and their tech-savvy clients are pushing one approach; long-time teachers and traditionalists are pushing another.
Let’s examine the advantages and disadvantages to technology in the classroom.
Disadvantages to High-Tech in the Classroom
Advantages to High-Tech in the Classroom
Blended Learning: The Best of Both Worlds
As we can see, both the traditional and high-tech approaches to learning have their problems, which is why the latest approach is blended learning. Combining these two methods not only meets the learning styles of most students, it reinforces what you learn elsewhere. Blended learning lets students conduct additional research and meet approaching deadlines using technology, without skimping on the critical thinking skills required by more traditional methods.
What you must avoid is applying the bad habits of web research to textbooks. Don’t look for keywords. Read the materials thoroughly first, then, if necessary, type a keyword into the Search/Find box to get more information.
The Internet and other applications mean you can find information quicker, but it doesn’t do you any good if you have to look it up over and over again. That doesn’t make you educated; it makes you robotic. Be in charge of your education. Use high-tech tools to learn, not do the learning for you.
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