[How Technology Changes Our Way to Learn] 【科技如何改變了我們的學習方式】

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[How Technology Changes Our Way to Learn]

By: DUAN Yanlin, Alan (Jockey Club Academy Hall)

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I still remember five years ago when Steve Jobs stood on stage, using a pad-like device to browse New York Times, I was totally stunned and amazed. The same feeling emerged again when half a month ago, Tim Cook introduced iPad Pro, which was a big move for iPad stepping towards tablet computer industry. Now we are so accustomed to use a multi-touch screen to interact with websites and apps, and this straightforward yet brilliant way has also provided tons of insights for a seemingly-not-related sector: education.

Technology has disrupted the traditional way of learning. Today, in this coming web 3.0 era, we are surrounded by information. When I prepared for my GRE test, instead of carrying a heavy, big vocabulary book, I used more an efficient and light-weight (zero-weight?) vocabulary builder website on my iPhone to track my progress; I have also been eco-friendly by not printing out lecture notes for a long time, thanks to my iPad and the Canvas app. Every week the new edition of The Economists will be ‘pushed’ to my Kindle and I can start reading right away… Technology has made learning so seamless and natural—it makes absorbing knowledge part of our daily life.

We should not, however, ignore the negative effect of technology on our study. Too many information has broken up our time. We wasted too many times on reading unimportant gossips, chatting with friends and browsing whatever websites just to avoid studying. Our concentration time becomes shorter, and our efficiency decreases a lot.

Every coin has its two sides, so does technology. It is technology that gives us both pros and cons, but it is ourselves that determine whether it will help or harm ourselves to learn and study.

【科技如何改變了我們的學習方式】

文: 段延麟 (賽馬會群智堂)

圖: analynsalamanca.files.wordpress.com

我仍記得五年前當喬布斯用一個本子一樣的電子設備瀏覽《紐約時報》網站時我心中的那份震驚和激動。上個星期四,當提姆庫克宣布蘋果將以大屏iPad Pro挑戰平板電腦市場時,這種感受再次迴盪在心中。對於今天的我們來說,用觸屏瀏覽網頁和手機軟件是一件再自然不過的事情了。而這簡單卻意義非常的科技也真真切切地改變了一個看似無關的領域——教育。

不客氣的說,科技已經摧毀了傳統的學習模式。在這個互聯網3.0的時代,我們被信息環繞著。當我準備我的研究生入學考試時,我從不隨身攜帶那本厚重的詞彙書:因為我可以用iPhone登陸更高效也更便捷(零重量?)的詞彙記憶網站幫助我背單詞;自從買了iPad並安裝了Canvas軟件,我就變得更加環保,很少打印課件了;每週,新一期的《經濟學人》都會被自動推送到我的Kindle閱讀器上,讓我想讀就能隨時讀——科技讓學習變得無縫、自然,它讓吸收新知識彷彿成了我們日常生活的一部分。

但我們也不能忽略科技對我們學習帶來的負面影響。太多的信息打碎了我們的計劃安排,使得我們浪費太多時間閱讀不重要的八卦流言,和同伴聊天抑或是上著自己都不知道是什麼的網站——而做這些的唯一目的,就是為了拖延時間,不想學習。我們的注意力越來越短,我們的效率越來越低。

正如每一枚硬幣都有兩面,科技也有利和弊。好處和壞處雖然是由科技帶來,但是使用的如何,卻是由我們自己決定。

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