The Telegraph
Wednesday , December 26 , 2012
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Smart tasks divide parents

- Technology & gadgets use in school projects worry in some homes, others value time saved

Parents in the state capital are divided whether children should use printouts or pen drives for school projects.

Pen drives, projectors and printouts have replaced pen, paper and project books in several schools, as parents and city-based psychiatrists worry about the growth of students. Some schools, however, stress that for making students technologically sound, it is necessary for their overall growth.

Institutions such as Radiant International School and Delhi Public School encourage students to give both printouts and handwritten projects, The Telegraph found most students opting for the first.

Some parents fear the trend would increase the dependence of their wards on the Internet from where they would copy-paste information. Varsha Rani, whose son Armaan is a Class VIII student of Radiant International School, said: “The teachers ask students to submit the printout of projects. This reduces the mental ability and efficiency of students.”

She also complained to the principal about the students being encouraged to submit printouts at school only to be disappointed at the lack of response.

When contacted, the school’s vice-principal Radhika said: “For overall growth of the students, it is necessary to make them technologically sound. There is no compulsion that the students have to submit hard copies (printouts) of their projects. We always welcome handwritten projects but the number of printouts is always more. I think it is more convenient for the students.”

City-based psychiatrist Vinay Kumar expressed his concern about students losing interest in books and research work. He said: “Every information is available to students at a single click on search engines and that is making budding minds too dependant on technology. Schools should avoid asking for printouts of projects.”

Some schools have, however, adopted a no-no policy on students submitting hard copies of their projects.

“We regularly conduct practical classes that are an amalgamation of technology and knowledge. The students are given demonstrations in these classes and the teachers ensure that each of them readily take part in the task,” said Anita Singh, the principal of Krishna Niketan. The school is one of the institutions where the teachers never accept hard copies of projects — only handwritten project works are accepted.


Over-dependence on Internet, reduced efficiency

“Making a student tech savvy at the tender age of seven or eight is compromising with his or her exploring capacity and thinking ability. I always guide my kids during their projects and try to make the work more creative” Sanjay Kumar, a parent


Time management

“Giving printouts for projects saves time. It is otherwise very difficult for us to help our kids complete their projects” Anurag Sinha, a parent

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