The educational system is being swept along in the race for technological advancement and supremacy in nearly every country. I’m not anti-technology, but I’m aware of the disadvantages of the Computer Age. Students don’t engage in interesting practical work in some schools around the world anymore. Some instructors will merely project a virtual lab or a live video on a big screen. Some don’t even have to dissect animals anymore. What happened to the hands-on work? The handwritten notes? The “big screen” teaches them exactly how to do that.
I’m glad some schools are still holding on to the frog-dissection culture.
Laptops and tablets are increasingly replacing exercise books, pens, and paper. In some ways, it has become a standard to measure the modernity of a school. Laptops are becoming smaller, flatter, faster, and hence, more ubiquitous than ever. Tablets aren’t backing down in the race either. Colleges where students still take hand-written notes and use paper textbooks are thought of as archaic and non-progressive; however, this would not be entirely accurate to say. At many schools, it’s a requirement for students to show up with a reliable laptop for their coursework. Some colleges provide these for all their students.
Most would think this to be a desirable upgrade. Paper can be cumbersome, heavy, less manageable, not to mention the students who suffer from shoulder and back pain from carrying heavy books around. Furthermore, it’s easier to access textbooks in PDF or EPub format online than being compelled to buy paper books written by different authors.
I’ll admit it. It’s faster to type your notes highlight the critical pieces of information as the lecturer speaks, but what if students are missing out on something beneficial with this trend? It doesn’t exactly matter if the students are writing with a stylus on a tablet or with a pen on a paper. The idea is that writing is more beneficial to the student’s long-term memory than typing .
Handwritten Notes Are Mightier Than the Keyboard
According to a 2014 study, students who take hand-written notes are more focused and process information more accurately and selective, and have better long-term memory than laptop note-takers .