Text­book re­placed by cell phone

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - AYESHA FA­TIMA

Tra­di­tional text­books are los­ing their charm in schools as chil­dren are in­creas­ingly re­ly­ing on Smart phone and e-read­ers to ac­cess in­for­ma­tion. In­ter­net pro­vides an edge for those that have dif­fi­culty in re­mem­ber­ing what had been taught pre­vi­ously. It’s a good way of learn­ing and keep­ing chil­dren in­ter­ested in the sub­ject with bet­ter il­lus­tra­tions and graph­i­cal de­scrip­tions. But there are also some dis­ad­van­tages of the use of Smart­phone for stu­dents.

Too much tech­nol­ogy is harm­ful for stu­dents who at their young age are not sen­si­ble enough to avoid dis­trac­tions that come with Smart phone. Hand­writ­ing and read­ing text­books would lose its sig­nif­i­cance. With edit­ing and auto-cor­rect tools avail­able on Smart phone, stu­dents will ig­nore the need to re­mem­ber spellings and gram­mar rules. Prac­tic­ing of hand­writ­ing will be lost which has been a good thing for school go­ing stu­dents. Health prob­lems like headache and blurred vi­sion are com­monly as­so­ci­ated with use of Smart phone for ex­tended hours.

One can, there­fore, con­cluded that study­ing in a tra­di­tional way with books gives an ef­fec­tive way of learn­ing the things. It also ful­fils the task of writ­ing the mat­ter, which is again a good ex­er­cise along with learn­ing. Smart phone can be used to keep the notes but can­not re­place the ac­tual way of read­ing and learn­ing the sub­jects from the text­books. By tak­ing help from text­books, we can make notes, pre­sen­ta­tions etc. and our skills of read­ing and writ­ing can also im­prove with read­ing and fos­ter­ing a good re­la­tion­ship with books. —Karachi

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