Posted by: crudbasher | July 25, 2011

The Argument About Laptops and Phones In The Classroom Is Over

(cc) Daniel Conway

The project I did for my masters degree last year involved something called brain based learning. Basically it states that our brain will learn better when certain conditions are met. For example, if it is hot in the classroom, our brain will focus on that, and won’t be receptive to learning new things. In other words, survival comes before learning.

I came across this interesting study today. In it, people were asked to “unplug” from the internet and record their feelings. Here’s a quote from their results:

The scientists reported the volunteers told of physiological and physical symptoms comparable to addicts trying to quit smoking or drugs.These included feeling fidgety, anxious and isolated, and even reaching out for their mobile phone, which was no longer there.

So what does this tell us? It says that the debate over computer use in the classroom is over. If you tell your students to close their laptops so you can lecture to them, they are going to start to experience withdrawl. I would speculate that rather than listening to you lecture, they will be thinking about all the information they are missing out on. Their brains are changing. As teachers we can ignore this fact or else we can adapt to it and use this to our advantage. Their brains are evolving to process information, not remember information.

Essentially, if you ban computers in the classroom, you will be teaching to a bunch of junkies in withdrawl. Not the best conditions for learning. 🙂

(obviously I am exaggerating a bit to make a point, but I think the point is still valid)

    • The majority of people feel upset and lonely when they are deprived of access to the internet, according to consumer research.

      A new study has revealed that 53 per cent feel upset when denied access and 40 per cent feel lonely if they are unable to go online.

      The research found that people experience these feelings even if denied online access for a short time.

    • Giving up all technology allowing web access was described by some participants as similar to quitting drinking or smoking.
    • Earlier this year, scientists revealed that gadgets are such an important part of our lives that we suffer withdrawal symptoms similar to a drug addict who cannot get a fix.
    • The scientists reported the volunteers told of physiological and physical symptoms comparable to addicts trying to quit smoking or drugs.

      These included feeling fidgety, anxious and isolated, and even reaching out for their mobile phone, which was no longer there.

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  1. […] actual issue what happens then? There have been studies done that show that prolonged Internet use causes withdrawal symptoms when shut off. Is it likely that a class full of jonesing children is going to learn […]

  2. […] now. There have been studies suggesting that prolonged Internet use does the same thing. People are actually becoming addicted to it, and exibit withdrawl siptems when they are cut off for a […]


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