Link: The Relative Advantages of Paper and Digital Media in Education
(USA, Sept. 2016) In the past decade, classrooms have begun to shift away from textbooks, notebooks, pens and pencils and toward electronic media. In college lecture halls, increasing numbers of students are taking notes on laptops, and in high school classrooms, teachers are incorporating computers and tablets into their lesson plans. While there are advantages to electronic media, a growing number of studies show that some educational goals are better achieved using traditional pen and paper methods. Thus, rather than rushing to digitize learning, teachers and administrators should take a step back, consider their desired educational outcomes and assess the extent to which digital media or paper supports the goals of a particular learning experience.
Paper by Daniel M. Oppenheimer – Professor of Marketing and Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
In this paper I will review a few significant ways in which paper and digital media differ, and how those differences affect learning. While the examples below are not exhaustive, I hope that they will be useful in guiding educators regarding how to think about which media best support their classroom goals.
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