When it comes to the education sector, I believe that the NSW Government has got it wrong. Sure, students fine it easier, and more convenient, to type up a word document, rather than write it down on pen and paper, but since when is education about convenience, or how easy it is?
I am a student myself, in high school, and I love to type up documents instead of writing them. It is faster, meaning I can get my work done quicker, and it is easier. There is no need to go slow with pen and paper, but when it comes to test results, and long-term memory, pen and paper really is the go.
Whether it be mathematics or geography, historical dates or science, technology can help, but it can also lead to the downfall of certain students.
My attention was drawn to this matter today, during maths, when we were having one of our rare ‘computer lessons’, where we go onto a mathematical website, and complete activities, instead of the teacher explaining the concept to us. I didn’t understand it as well. It’s fine if the topic is easy to grasp, but when it comes to mathematics, technology just doesn’t hit the mark. When the teacher is there, explaining it to you first hand, you remember more, understand more, and generally, perform better. It is the same with memory. If you are trying to remember how to spell a word, or the dates of some event in history, it is better to write, rather than type, because writing is interactive, whereas typing does not need any understanding, you can just copy information down, and the information will go in one ear, and out the other. Writing involves more from the student. It may be because the process is longer, or takes more concentration, but it works.
I’m not saying that technology is bad. It helps us make major breakthroughs in science, and when a high school student has a tight schedule, and a lot of homework and study, it is better to have a way to complete the work, keep the teacher happy, and get the work done to an average level, than spend hours at night, just writing and writing, so it has its advantages, and disadvantages.
Technology in education can be a really good and successful path, but when it comes to better results, and life long lessons, which is the point of schooling, then typing information just doesn’t cut it, and if we want to get better marks, we have to follow some of the private schools in abandoning the recently popular ‘tech wave’, introduced under the Labour government, and get real about the way we teach the next generation