Link: Back-to-School Report: Why Paper Belongs in the Classroom
(Montreal, Canada, Sept. 20, 2016) Paper plays an incredibly important role in learning. Study after study has shown that students learn better and are more engaged when they use printed textbooks, take tests on paper and take notes by hand. These findings were once again validated by this year’s Paper and Packaging Board back-to-school report
The Paper and Productive Learning report shares findings from the Paper and Packaging Board’s 2016 survey of parents, students and educators; it reveals growth in the use of paper for learning in and out of the classroom. What’s more, the trend seems to be growing fastest among millennial teachers and their students who have grown up with access to technology.
Here are some of the most interesting statistics from this year’s back-to-school report, which shows that the use of paper in education fosters engagement in the classroom and academic preparation.
• Eighty-two percent of college students always or often use paper tools such as notebooks, flashcards and textbooks, to prepare for exams. In fact, the percentage of students who say they always use paper products to prepare rose from 41 percent in 2015 to 48 percent in 2016.
• Seventy-four percent of students in grades seven through 12 also use paper to study for tests, despite the fact that the majority of students in this same demographic have access to smartphones and laptops.
• Fifty-seven percent of parents agree that their child remembers assignments better when he or she writes them down on paper, compared to 54 percent a year ago.
• Eighty-two percent of college educators surveyed believe banning the use of laptops in class would encourage students to stay focused and engaged. Interestingly, the rate was highest (91 percent) among millennial-aged faculty.
• Seventy-five percent of K–12 teachers use paper books every day while teaching. Nearly two-thirds of them also believe their students comprehend information better when they read on paper, and that students respond better to lessons based on paper textbooks.
The back-to-school report clearly demonstrates the benefits of using paper in the classroom and at home for learning. But the results come as no surprise to leading educators and experts who have followed the research over the past several years.
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