While technology has slowly started taking its place in classrooms, it has given a way to debate between educationists and psychiatrists all over the world, the reason being, technology has huge effects on children which cannot be ignored.
According to the director-principal of Podar International School, Santa Cruz (W), “Schools in the US and UK have done research and found that technology, when used rightly, helps in the overall development of a child. The school had taken an initiative to make students use the iPad after putting a lot of thought into it.”
However, on the other hand, psychiatrists are worried that human interaction in schools will be replaced by gadgets. Dr Sanjay Kumawat, member of Bombay Psychiatric Society, says, “I wonder if there’ll be proper use or simply abuse of technology provided to children, especially little children, who may not understand the idea of addiction. Once students get involved in gaming and the internet, they may lose interest in studies.”
According to another psychiatrist, Harish Shetty, “Many quoted cases where too much exposure to the internet and gadgets had led to addiction which needed psychiatric help. Bonding between the teacher and students is the best method of education, everything else is an accessory. Students remember schools for the personal interaction they have had with teachers and colleagues, so gadgets will only reduce interaction time.”
However, Sudeshna Chatterjee, principal, Jamnabai Narsee School, Andheri (W), “While most schools are taking the initiative to include technology in classrooms to the best, some believe in following old techniques of teaching. Students are anyway exposed to a lot of media and internet at home so it is important to include human interaction in schools. Even though our school is updated with latest developments in the media, our teaching methods will stay the same.”