Canadian Study Shows Laptop Use in Class Affects Grades Negatively

A new Canadian study suggests that the recent surge of laptops in the classroom could be hurting not only the grades of the students using them, but those around them as well.

Two expermients were done. The first was to study the effects of multitasking by giving certain students unrelated tasks on the computer to perform when they had the time. These tasks were things like researching information online. The second experiment pitted students taking notes via laptop against those taking notes with pencil and paper; the purpose of this experiment was to see how students without laptops reacted to having computer screens all around them.

The end result was the same for both experiments: students using or seated next to laptops performed much worse on tests. What’s worse is that the students who were seated near laptops but not using them weren’t even aware that they were being distracted.

There are definite benefits to using laptops in the classroom, but it’s clearly a double-edged sword.

via CBC News

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