Effects of technology on studying

Article written by Sergiu Bumbacea and Filip Popescu M.Sc    

In this post we will talk about some main effects of the new technology on studying. Not to promote the duality of nature, but we have split the content in two parts, one for the negative effects, and one for the positive.

Negative effects of technology on studying

  • Waste of time

From time to time, software and hardware devices can have errors in them, and they can cause a loss of time. “Problems like server issues and connectivity problems take a huge amount of time to get fixed, hence it disturbs the normal flow of teaching and causes frustration for both the teacher and the student.” Not to mention the human error coming from a lack of getting used to the user interfaces.

  • Major Source of Distraction

We have read that more than 60% of schools and colleges are using modern devices as a means of teaching. “In the present-day social media has evolved leaps and bounds, with 90% of the world’s population using social media.” So, most students are not using the device for studying, they are interested more in checking the posts and status updates on social media. If you want to read more about how social media affects kids and students check out our post.

  • Creates Enough Opportunities for Cheating

                With all due respect for technology, it can be a bad influence for some of the students. It has the potential to make them lazier. They can control everything with a few clicks of the mouse and prefer cheating instead of studying. Technology has made it easier with all the tools it offers. Plus, it is in the neanderthal part of our brain the desire to take the easy way toward success.

  • Losing Assignment of the Students

            Nowadays students tend to do all their assignments on their laptops or computers. Due to potential malfunctions of these devices the students can get into the unfortunate situation of having technology eat their homework. Even worse when it happens close to deadlines. All the efforts and hard work will go in vain. It is advised to the students to always have a backup or a hardcopy of the required documents. It is a matter of developing digital discipline and understanding the potential and limitations of the technology being used.

  • Risk of Misinformation

            “With speedy development and improvement in the technology, website owners are eager to rank their websites higher on different search engines. So, the owners are mostly concerned about ranking and are least concerned about the contents on the website.”

            Therefore, many websites can contain wrong information on various topics, and it can lead to misinformation, because the main sources are not verified for the authenticity of the content. So, our advice for you is when you want to search on a different topic on the internet, you should check at least 3 sites, to be sure that what you learn or what you need is accurate and will not “harm” your knowledge.

                For other negative effects of technology on studying, you can read more here.

Positive effects of technology on studying

  • Technology affords better access to resources

Nowadays with an internet connection, we have access to information at our fingertips 24 hours a day. “We can find almost anything online, in its most up-to-date version. For students, this means access to everything from research materials and educational apps to interactive edutainment and open resources from prestigious universities around the world.” Find more here.

Students can also supplement their learning by connecting with online groups and virtual communities in real time, or by collaborating on group projects with tools such as wikis and cloud-based apps. You can see through our list what are the choices suitable for you.

  • Encourages collaboration

“Students can practice collaboration skills by getting involved in different online activities. For instance, working on different projects by collaborating with others on forums or by sharing documents on their virtual learning environments. Technology can encourage collaboration with students in the same classroom, same school and even with other classrooms around the world.” Read more on this here.

  • Students can learn useful life skills through technology

Modern learning is about collaborating with others, solving complex problems, and improving motivation and productivity. Technology can improve many practical skills including creating presentations, writing emails and much more. These skills are very important and can be developed in the classroom.

  • Benefits for teachers

 With countless online resources, technology can help improve teaching. Teachers can use different apps or trusted online resources to keep students more engaged.  Moreover, having virtual learning environments in schools enhances collaboration and knowledge sharing between teachers.

  • Technology can encourage self-paced learning

Students can access resources online whenever they need to.  The exercise of self-paced learning also helps students learn digital literacy and 21st century skills, which will be useful when they enter the workforce.

Conversations on technology usage aren’t just a simple dichotomy. We are showing you a small piece. With technology slowly pushing the limits of our perception of reality, its application and benefits will continue filling in the spectrum of our relationship with Nature and our own creations.

What are your biggest take-away points from interacting with technology for learning?

Which are your favourite and most effective tools to learn?

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