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I was reading through some literature about technology in classrooms and students creativity and found this interesting article. Please have a read through and add your opinions as I would love to hear them.
This article by Richtel (2012) discusses a perspective I believe many teachers would claim to be true in their own classrooms, and I think they might have a point. Students that I have worked with do, occasionally, seem to have a shorter attention span in the classroom and some are perhaps “accustomed to getting quick answers” that they become uninterested when it takes them a long time to work something out with a pen and paper. My question then would be, “why do we have to expect them to use a pen and paper to solve a problem?” I am not saying that being able to work out maths equations, for example, using your own mind is useful but will it be relevant in the student’s future? Quite possibly. I think that we need to reconsider how we present content to students. If sitting at a screen captures their attention, sit them at a screen to do the curriculum. Ensure that they still have to use their own brain for thinking though.