'Pencil pushers' better learners than laptop-using students
A new study has revealed that laptops may hinder students' ability to learn by distracting them and even affecting students sitting near their owners.books Updated: Aug 16, 2013 17:30 IST
A new study has revealed that laptops may hinder students' ability to learn by distracting them and even affecting students sitting near their owners.
According to a new Canadian study, paper and pencil might be less distracting overall.
McMaster University researcher Faria Sana, who co-authored the study, said it can change a student's grade from a B+ to a B-, Fox News reports.
The research found that students who multitasked on their laptops performed significantly worse than the pencil pushers, and their effect even reached to students sitting near the laptop users.
Sana said that those students who were seated around peers who were multitasking also performed much worse on the final test.
Researchers said that with the frequency of using tech in today's classrooms, students have known to grow distracted, surfing the Internet, playing games , or updating Facebook profiles rather than paying attention which is exactly the problem, the report added.