[ExI] whence will learning come

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Fri Dec 23 20:15:16 UTC 2016

On 23 December 2016 at 16:04, spike  wrote:
> Here’s an interesting article with some jewels of wisdom, too long to read
> perhaps.  The previous clause proves the point of the article itself:
> https://aeon.co/essays/can-students-who-are-constantly-on-their-devices-actually-learn
> Comment from the article:  An even bigger problem is the way that technology
> damages critical-thinking skills. Because knowledge is so ubiquitous, we
> don’t have to hone it as sharply and we don’t have to commit much to memory
> – we can just Google everything. Researchers from University College London
> report that readers skim information, rarely reread, and engage in something
> called ‘power browsing’ rather than actual reading…

Also -
Warning: Surfing the internet in class is now linked to poorer test
scores, even among the most intelligent and motivated of students.

Michigan State University researchers studied laptop use in an
introductory psychology course and found the average time spent
browsing the web for non-class-related purposes was 37 minutes.
Students spent the most time on social media, reading email, shopping
for items such as clothes and watching videos.

And their academic performance suffered.

That result seems pretty obvious to me. What else would anyone expect?


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