Banning Technology Just Doesn’t Work: Elearning is the Future

Schools throughout the land display large posters of phones with a big red banning sign. They also enshrine harsh reprimands in the school rules for students who bring laptops and phones to school. There’s a state of fear amongst staff that the evils of the internet and elearning will find their way into class. Whilst it is certainly true that internet in many ways make young people vulnerable, but equal so does the fear of it.

It might have worked to ban phones and laptops in schools in the 90’s but social reliance on the internet means rules like this are just unrealistic. We should also examine the aim of banning, is it to somehow get the children to concentrate? Is it distracting? Perhaps. The truth is though that this is inevitable, and the internet is a library you can’t tell them what books to read…

The status quo of the education system is so limiting in that there’s a prescribed curriculum of what kids ‘need to know’ to succeed in life. The internet enables students to learn about the things that interest them, giving them a unique skills set in later life. This is in line with the societal shift about the purpose of education, from preparing us for a life already chosen for us by our social class, to one where students are less limited by this owing to the technical revolution.

The reality is most of the students will use a mobile phone as part of their job in later life. Schools however fail to realise that it is not frivolous digital chatter as a large part of young people lives are online, it is in a sense also a social education for them. It is the responsibility of schools to teach kids how to use these technologies responsibly rather than banish them.

Blanket bans seldom work anyway whether it be for phones, hoodies or crewing gum you just drive the rebellion. With kids possessing multiple devises and a culture based on the internet banning it is regarded as a restriction on their identities. Instead of adapting to the learning this generation needs, the generation teaching them continues to resit the learning they want and need.

So what’s the solution? Put learning online…

Students still need the academic guidance they always have, they just demand it in a different way. Elearning platforms will have their own departments within schools within 10 years, some examining bodies are even shunning paper based exams. 

DesignATest is an academic platform for students, teachers, parents and schools. It offers assessments that give a reliable indication of academic progression, with an interface pupils will engage with. It also harnesses the power of digital based analysis assessing pupils on a range of metrics.

You can create your first test right now and email it out to pupils in seconds. The system also lets you communicate effectively with parents. See what DesignATest does for your class…

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Time to Ditch Paper Assessments & Learning

Major studies around the word are suggesting that kids learn better online that they do with paper. Online assessments and learning are more engaging whilst also delivering improved academic performance. The Scottish Qualifications Authority has even stated that it intends to phase out hand written tests within the next ten years. Therefore preparations for exams should naturally be online.

Big players in the ever-expanding tech industry despair at the fact western countries are failing to train their citizens for a digital world, subsequently emerging economies such as China and India are all too happy to supply the talented workforce. Facebook has just opened major offices in London, but with Brexit on the horizon it fears it will struggle to fill its positions in the future. Outmoded education and assessments in primary and secondary education makes it inadequate for a globalised world.

Of course the main objection to online assessments is ‘what if they cheat?’, but technology has surpassed this, many online assessments indicate the time taken on each question, and may even indicate where a pupil has visited an online source. There is also the argument that seeking out information when completing an online quiz is also a form of effective learning. More of a challenge for formal assessments like GCSE’s being completed online however. Informal online class quizes however are an effective way of measuring progression, even if pupils look for answers online.

Students process information much quicker and more effectively online than they can on paper. This generation is exposed to far more information than the generation before it. Helping students understand how to delineate between reliable sources of information should be a high priority. Setting out what is important through an online test gives the students a base to work from.

Online education so accessible, you can even access tests ready-made by experts in industry, arts and sciences. There is a troubling disconnect between the often outdated practices of schools and innovation in industry. It is time we take note like other countries have so we don’t face a gaping skills gap.

DesignATest is an online education platform changing the way schools do tests. It’s accessible learning features mean teacher create engaging online tests and measure results in real time. Progress is measured preparing students to be challenged through online mediums.

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