There has been a change in the amount of technological use at schools these recent past couple of years, is it for the better? The majority of the students interviewed had said that they did not enjoy the learning experience that came with iPads.
The students interviewed all said the same thing; they are not learning enough electronically. The popular opinion among students in this year’s history classes is that more is learned with regular paper, books, pencils, notes, and lectures.
One Highland educator in the Social Studies Department was excited, saying, “It’s great! Using iPads is part of the focus to teach the students to own their own learning,” But I ask, at what cost? The general consensus is that the students are not learning as much as they could. An anonymous student stated that the difficulties lie in the iPad’s non-accessible format. How far will they go if nothing is sticking to their minds?
Maybe a compromise can be made. While the teachers continue to lecture and have students traditionally write down what they think is important, the work could be given to them on their iPads. Not all students are the same. Some can learn in the methods recently given to them.
As negative as some feelings were towards the iPad way of learning, some students had decided that it “helps a lot!” and it’s “enjoyable” to them. They said that it makes doing online homework a lot easier and that it’s very resourceful.
A balance needs to be found, not only for the sake of educators, but students as well.
By Rebeca Mancia