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Are Smart Classrooms Destroying Critical Thinking?


A chalk and a board was all that a teacher needed about two-three decades ago. Today, not only these teaching tools but the teachers itself have been replaced by technology. Smart Classrooms. Rather, the use of audio-visual content that intrigues people over printed words. Further, it has had more impact than textbooks as it allows students to easily grab the content.

What’s more, it is not only more appealing, but also eliminates the dependence on a teacher to explain concepts to you. However, an emerging consequence of this digital learning, educationists say, is the lack of understanding. Further, teachers claim that students fail to distinguish between reality and fiction.

Influence of Technology 

Anup Sinha, the author of a story points out two personal examples that show the influence of technology on students. In one instance, when he started teaching at one of the leading universities in India, he introduced a rule. Further, he urged the students to not use mobile phones while he was teaching. However, it did not work, and after two weeks, he gave up. Later, when he asked the students who wish to use the phone during his class to move to a corner. Shockingly, 20 out of the 70 students walked away.

Then, in the second instance, he asked his students to vote after a long debate on use of non-violence as a political tool. Again, to his surprise, majority students voted in favor of violence. As a result, Sinha feels that the link to both the instance lay in a common funda.

Philip Marshall

Philip Marshall mainly writes in the areas of science and technology, consumer goods, and energy. He contributes extensively to various science and technology news sites with his penchant to keep readers updated with various developments in the field of science and technology. His deep interest in science combined with a technical bent provides an analytical angle to his news stories. His ability to write in an easy, comprehensible yet interesting language turns on readers’ attention to ask for more interesting news stories.

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