School System Encounters Radical Change
Countless learning facilities across the United States, ranging from elementary school to college, are currently undergoing a major change from traditional textbooks to online curricula. Many classrooms now conduct 100% of their studies via technology; students are using both computers and iPads to research all the required information and take tests. The new system, which is called the Digital Conversion, is being utilized in brick-and-mortar schools as well as cyber-schools, which are also increasing in number.
The Digital Conversion has been a center of controversy since it began over a decade ago. One side, which supports the new system, argues that it creates a much more appealing and efficient learning environment for students, while those who oppose the conversion say that it creates distractions and discourages social interaction. While both of these arguments have equal merit, a significant amount of new information shows some very definitive results.
Is this Beneficial to our Students?
On November 22nd, 2013, the United States Senate held a committee field hearing entitled Educating for the 21st Century – Bringing Today’s Classrooms into the Digital Age in North Carolina. All of the expert witnesses present at the hearing were professional educators from within the state, save one high school student who delivered a personal testimony on the subject. The purpose of the hearing was to evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of the digital educational system.