Ef­fects of tech­nol­ogy on stu­dents

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

TFARHAN ALI SHAIKH here is a general be­lief among teach­ers that stu­dents’ con­stant use of tech­nol­ogy is harm­ful. The wide­spread use of com­put­ers, phones and video games af­fects stu­dents’ ca­pa­bil­ity to learn. The mod­ern tech­nol­ogy is im­pact­ing fast on the over­all be­hav­iours and brains of the stu­dents. The use of tech­nol­ogy by chil­dren and teenagers be­tween 8 and 18 has grown so ram­pant that they spend twice as much time as in the school. The stu­dents’ at­ten­tion span has changed be­cause of the use of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy. The con­stant use of tech­nol­ogy can af­fect be­hav­iour of the chil­dren and ado­les­cent youth be­cause of its heavy stim­u­la­tion and rapid shift in their at­ten­tion. The ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem must be changed in such a way to ac­com­mo­date the suit­able use of tech­nol­ogy. Ob­vi­ously, the tech­nol­ogy could be a use­ful ed­u­ca­tional tool. The in­ter­net and search en­gines can have pos­i­tive im­pact on stu­dents’ re­search skills. The tech­nol­ogy in it­self is as much a so­lu­tion as a prob­lem; the ed­u­ca­tional video games and dig­i­tal pre­sen­ta­tions are ex­cel­lent way to en­gage stu­dents on their terms, Math and Science sub­jects, but at the same time, the flow of trash ma­te­rial and un­wanted video clips and in­for­ma­tion is badly im­pact­ing the clean-slate brains and psy­che of the ten­der mind stu­dents. — Karachi

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