Laptops to hinder students' ability to learn
August 16 , 2013
A Canadian report says laptops are proving to be distracting for students attempting to learn in classrooms. Pencil and paper might be less distracting when compared to laptops.
According to researcher Faria Sana of McMaster University, the effects are huge and using laptops in classrooms could drop your grade from a B+ to B-.
The study compared students using laptops with those taking notes using pencil and paper. Students who multitasked while using their laptops performed significantly worse than the rest.
Sana said "those who were seated around peers who were multitasking also performed much worse on the final test."
The researchers said students know how to distract themselves by surfing the internet and updating their Facebook profiles rather than paying attention in classrooms.