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How technology has changed the way in which children learn

How technology has changed the way in which children learn

“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” – David Warlick*

Technology is growing at an exponential pace, and it seems as if new gadgets are being launched on a daily basis. In our parent’s day, children used to walk to school, and write on a piece of slate. Our generation graduated to dry-wipe boards, while our children have moved on to tablets, computers and all things digital. But how has all this new technology really changed the learning environment?

eBooks are being used in more and more schools, and this means no more heavy books and binders to carry around, as everything is available on a tablet. Ideally, eBooks allow for a more interactive and flexible experience than regular textbooks, with teachers adding videos and relevant extra material where possible. Curious students can then explore specific topics further in their own time, and learn everything there is to know about dinosaurs or the solar system, without being restricted by the classroom environment. In this way tech allows for curiosity to be satisfied when adults can’t help, so the younger generation can be smarter than their parents.

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