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Digital learning versus Traditional learning

This month, my son's school integrated digital learning in their subjects. So it means, they will download an app on their tablets that students can work on and the parents can then monitor their child's progress. I'm skeptical about it initially because I'm trying to limit his use of gadgets. Good thing is it's only once a week. Teachers explained that it's both remedial and instructional. So meaning it will detect which lesson the student is having difficulty with and at the same time will be worked on by students while teachers are mere guides.

Given the negative effects we usually hear with children using gadgets, do you think it will really help? or is traditional teaching still more effective. 

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amelia88

Ah, this is such a hard topic to answer because I feel like everyone out there learns differently, and for some people they might do better with traditional learning methods - others might do better with digital based methods. I do think that these days, having an understanding of how digital technology works early on is important, since for kids, being able to use the technology is likely to be their work future.



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fishbate

There are important factors and value that is only achieved thru traditional learning specially those involved on hands on lectures. But saying that, it's the same way with digital learning specially logical ones.



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DenisP

We are living in the digital age, and it is an inevitable fact that things are going to head more and more in the direction of digitized formats until inevitably traditional mediums might be phased out entirely. Sure, that might be an extremely long way away, but at the rate we’re currently going, it’s very likely.

Do I think that’s good or bad? I’d say good more than bad. Kids these days enjoy being on tablets and gadgets which I don’t really think is that bad when moderated. When I was growing up, our schools just began to get computers, and we started learning math and languages by playing games designed for learning. I was learning more than I had realized simply because I was doing it in a way that was entertaining to me.

I definitely feel technology has a place in the educational system.



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amelia88

Loved what you said about being able to learn without "feeling" like you were learning because the method of information delivery was fun. That's much along the lines of how I feel about apps and other programs. Like you said, adult moderation is key, but I think overall it's a good thing.



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overcast

I think traditional learning is a bit dated. And not worth it in my country. I'd go for the digital training. And it seems like a bad choice if the traditional people go for the digital. Because they would just pass the same knowledge gap into the digitla training. So that type of the approach would not be a good idea if you ask me. I guess we learn about it from the experience.



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anchoreztin

If a person is willing to learn, he can learn anything. My dad he is born during the days without internet. His peers dont know how to use the computer, laptop, and smart phone. But my dad knows how to use it. It is because he wants to learn. The same with traditiona and digital learning, if you are determined, you can transition to digital leearning or a balance of both.



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edencaga

Me too. I think its better to learn both things. Even if traditional learning is a bit dated , you will still learn. What if you have no other choice. Sometimes you can't rely on internet or digital since there are possibilities that your files will be corrupted so your choice is to learn traditionally.



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overcast

I too was born when the internet was not in our country. And it was safe to learn in that case even with the traditional learning. You can see that some of those methods are adding nothing more than that. I think old methods were good but the times have changed. And so do the people. And we have to adjust with the changes there. That's what I have learned from the experience.



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treecko142

Technology can definitely help to assist in a child's learning and also reduce the workload for the teachers, as long as it's accompanied by traditional teaching methods like you said, it's only once a week. The technological improvements of today should really be utilized in schools because they can really help a lot when used properly.



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RhealaineS

As a teacher, I believe that technology must be used to assist the teacher in facilitating learning. It can be used as an aid but it shall never be used to replace the teacher. The teacher is the facilitator of learning. We can never be replaced by technology. But we can utilize it to help the children learn.



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Chinet23

It's good to hear from an educator herself regarding your take on this matter. i share the same thoughts nothing can really replace the teacher. However, she can take advantage of what technology has to offer to take education to a higher level and for additional learning experience.



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treecko142

Definitely, technology is here to aid, not replace. Having an actual teacher makes it easier for students to learn and encourages them to ask questions and promote human interaction and initiative. teachers also get to design the lesson plan which includes the exercises and projects for individuals or groups, which adds to the learning experience.



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vinaya

I attended a traditional classroom to receive my Masters' Degree. However, I received my SEO, Digital Marketing and Web designing certificates from digital learning. Since I have experience with both traditional learning and digital learning, I see pros and cons of both of these learning methods. While traditional learning methods add more value to your qualification, digital learning can equip with knowledge and skills that you cannot receive for various reasons.



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overcast

Same with me. I too attended the traditional college and the classroom. And it was definitely something I have tried for my growth in career. But I find digital education to be lot better in that case. And it was indeed a good option too. I think in future digital classroom would make things lot easier and better as well.



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vinaya

If you have to apply for a regular job, you need a degree from traditional learning. In the job market, degrees from traditional learning matters. I did not study journalism, but I have attended many writing classes online. However, I have been rejected from a journalist's job. Contrarily, I earn good money writing online. When I show my online certificates to my online client, they are always
impressed.



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overcast

I agree traditional degree does matter a lot. And you have to be working really hard on things that convert properly. I have also realized that some of the time traditional learning stands more chance for real world applications. So I think these days digital learning is more but we have to see if that is helping with the real world applications.



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Youngshark

Technology is definitely changing the way we live and I really feel like digital learning is the future. I foresee a time when many parents would opt for their kids to remain at home learning digitally and in some manner being home schooled. It is flexible and hence all the more reason that many might embrace it.



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mark8625

Yes that is right, Digital learning is getting popular now as the technology is being more advanced. I have known someone who sent her children in home study. They are using digital learning study and it is doing well. The only disadvantage of it is that the children would become anti social and introvert as the are not seeing other children compare to the school.



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Youngshark

Hahaha yeeah they would definitely develop antisocial behaviors. It may also be dependent on the goals that a parent has. One may be concerned about enhancing digital skills in their children and not so much concerned about social aspects.

However I think in future an incorporation of both is essential.



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mark8625

Yes for sure digital learning will be popular more in the future but the disadvantage of it, children would be more anti social.



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jaymish

I'm definitely a big supporter of technology. I think that kids exposed to technology early are ten times smarter. I would urge you to compare a Kid in Japan to one in Africa. These kids can't even get along. The kids in Japan are really smart because of all the technology they have been exposed to. My British 9 year old niece is already sending emails, while my friends 11 year old in Tanzania, has just started using a computer. When you talk to my niece she is 9 going on 18. Don't hide from technology, embrace it and find a balance for your child.



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Youngshark

Wow. That comparison was something we needed. I just hope that more kids could get the essential access to the opportunities. There are some really smart children who get dumbed down by their environment.



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DarthHazard

It depends on the situation that someone is in really. Sometimes digital learning is better for them whilst for others, the traditional learning ways & methods will suit them much better. If you live far away or don't have the time to go to a class and learn, then digital learning can be a great way to improve your skills and learn something without having to leave your house.



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Youngshark

I agree. I however think that if you are a thoughtfula and innovative parent will find a way to incorporate both into how they raise their children.



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DarthHazard

I mean, with kids, most of the time they will be using traditional learning methods by going to school I very much doubt that they will solely use digital learning when they are young because most countries require kids to attend school.



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Youngshark

I agree with you that the regulations for schooling favour the traditional learning more. However I think that when one is a concerned parent they will easily get around such to ensure that a kid gets a balanced diet of education.



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lei08pineda

I think it is not bad to learn in traditional way, but we live in a digital world now, so i must say digital learning is a must too. The schools technique should be a mixed of both traditional and digital. I mean they can do that right? It is nit so good in my opinion to be fully digital, and not good too to be full traditional.



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Chinet23

I have the same thoughts lei08pineda. We can have the best of both worlds. We can take advantage of the benefits we have from both methods. And I agree that we should not deviate completely from traditional learning.



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aeon

That's right. Students need the traditional and digital way of learning. But should be limited in digital, and they must be need the traditional books instead of just one click way of searching.



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Steve5

I'm much more comfortable with traditional learning in the sense that I have someone to talk to. But I'm open to the idea of digital learning as well. I just really prefer being able to communicate with the teacher effectively. It's not nice to have your questions unanswered due to certain reasons.



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mdayrit

I believe that traditional learning is better than digital learning. This is because you are more guided by professionals and you have the chance to ask questions whenever you do not understand something or would need additional information. Apart from that, I think traditional learning encourages thinking more rather than just being fed with information with just a click. Most people nowadays are turning into digital ways to learn. Whenever we need to know how to do certain things, we quickly turn to the Internet. Digital learning on the other hand is a great support to traditional learning. You will not be limited to information that the instructor are giving you. Expand your knowledge from information you can gather worldwide through the Web.



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Chinet23

That's a good point. Digital learning misses out on the human touch, so to speak, that we get from face to face interaction. A simple smile and pat on the back for a good job done go a long way as compared to some gaming points or digital certificates from digital learning. Motivation and inspiration are also important especially with young children. Digital learning can play a role though as supplementary learning.



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Youngshark

Can we also say that behavior and role models are important. Like when kids are taught by a teacher they embody the behavior especially at a young age. I root for digital learning but points like this make me see the true essence of both.



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Chinet23

Behavior is equally important in teaching the young children and not just concepts and lessons. Role models really play important role in inculcating the values of discipline and sense of responsibility among others which can come through teachers and parents. They are social beings too and not just intellectual beings. We can have maximum benefits from both mediums provided that the guidance from teachers and parents play a major role.



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cmoneyspinner

Great question. Given that I have a grandchild who knows way more about technology and gadgets than I do, you should thank any school for making parents and grandparents realize the reality of the digital world our children and grandchildren are now a part of. I learned a term called “Netizen”. It's like being a citizen of the Internet and technology world. Our children and grandchildren are netizens. Traditional learning and digital learning are what is needed in today's educational curriculum.



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Youngshark

I agree technology is only getting better and they would have to grow in a world where innovation is the order of the day. It would as such be impossible for them to live without knowing how to live with it early enough.



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theresajane

I agree with you. We should actually support digital learning. However, we must ensure that proper guidance and monitoring is being done to the children not only by the teachers but by parents as well. When it's used correctly and properly, that's when the conflict starts. Everything can be found on the internet, and your child is at risk everyday.



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Alymae

These days technology is used in almost all aspect of our lives. For students, it is specially helpful. It provides knowledge that traditional learning would take a long time to provide. I'm not opposed to kids using technology in learning if it makes their learning easier. But kids use of gadgets should be strictly moderated. It is fine if it's once a week only since it is not good for their health and over using will lead to them not learning anything beneficial.



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rlpzbeermoney

I grew up in the age of digital learning. Most of it happens in Youtube. I had this one instance where my teacher in Math for example would teach us how to solve this particular equation and almost everyone didn't get it no matter how many times she tried to do so. Some learned it on their own through trial and error. Me? I go to Youtube and watch a couple of videos about it. I learned it much better than learning it the "traditional way" and I've been like that ever since. Whenever I want to learn something new, like how to play the guitar for instance, I almost always go to Youtube.



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wallet

I don't agree with digital learning, our kids spend too much time in front of PC, phones or tablets, at least at school or the time at home when they must learn to be traditionally and not use a tech device.



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amelia88

What are your thoughts about what age you'd feel like digital learning was appropriate? Since we all use digital technology in our careers for the most part, I'm curious about your take on when you'd implement it so that they aren't behind their peers.



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Martinsx1

In as much as we are now in the digital world phase, I still believe that traditional learning experience is still very much useful and important to our world today. Yes, it's true that digital learning is intriguing and interesting, with traditional learning more challenging but writing off traditional means of learning would be a very huge mistake because it would be like taking away our history.



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aeon

It's really hard to decide about this, specially if the school requires the students to use the gadgets. But honestly for me, much better the traditional way of teaching. Students should use books in the library and learned without any uses of gadgets or internet.



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Martinsx1

Technology makes learning a lot more easier today but the underlying problem is that the knowledge doesn't hold much foot in the minds of the students because of the interaction that comes in between the study sessions using gadgets to study. It takes away 100% focus when studying which affects learning. But with the traditional approach of reading from books, a student have give 100% attention in order to get the subject matter.



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aeon

Yeah, because it's easy to research at last minute of your time. Just one click and you will have it. Technologies to make our life easier I think is not applicable for student somehow. They should be responsible to find the references on the libraries and not on the computer shop.



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edencaga

Well, I think it depends on individuals. There are some that can manage learning thru digital platforms, there are also some like me who prefer learning from traditional learning but I myself can also learn thru digital so I guess we have to accept the fact that now adays it is more working on digital since its already modern technology. The next generation will be in higher technology so we expect that they are more techies than us.



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Kakashi2020

I'm going with Digital Learning for for not so complicated courses and a regular class for hands on and advance classes. I think that digital learning is very economical, effective and efficient than going to a physical class. Although there are practical courses which needs a manual touch. I guess the best is a combination of both specially for kids.



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Jenniferdainty

Integrating technology in education has a big impact on the learning of the children. It could assist them in their studies and a tool to be quickly updated with the latest trends relating to schooling. It will also broaden their knowledge about the subject matter they are discussing in school. It is also applicable with the educators because they can use it as a tool to enhance their style and strategies in teaching. Nevertheless, it requires limitation due to radiation and other negative effects on health. Especially nowadays, everything could be assessed by internet and modern gizmos.

On the other hand, traditional learning is the foundation and essential part of education. Before the rise of technology, we already have it in our life. In think we could still learn without using gadgets and by using books alone.



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Chinet23

You put it in the right perspective from what I can see when you said that traditional is the foundation of learning while the digital learning is a tool and to keep the learners abreast of the trends specifically technology.



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Kakashi2020

I think both digital and conventional learning has their separate advantages and they should be integrated for a more effective learning experience. Digital learning makes learning more easier and visually interesting to both children and adults.



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Chinet23

I agree that each has their advantages that we can make use of to maximize learning. It is also dependent on the preferred learning of an individual. Even if this is the case, I also hope that the disadvantages will also be addressed.



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superlicca

I think Traditional and Digital Learning both play important roles in education. In traditional, students can easily share their opinion, ask directly to their teacher, and get the answers right away. It builds personal interaction between students and teachers that you cannot get from digital learning as communication is impersonal. On the other hand, digital learning is good since lessons can be learned from the comfort of your home. A child can focus and won't feel the pressure to understand the lesson right away. These days, online or digital learning becomes in demand but taking the traditional and digital learning will balance everything.



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stbrians

Have you noticed that of late people are using spectacles than of the past. We spent too much time on the net.

Introfucing digital learning is like adding mud to an already dirty water. There should be a better way though the world is turning digital.



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blackmist

Everything has their own downside. Digital learning come handy but we need to take time to monitor the kids so that they don't spend to much facing the screen. We can't escape the fact that digital learning soon will be the major learning materials. We should teach the kids on how to use their devices the proper way while they are still young.



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Chinet23

That's the same concern I have. The downside of digital learning is overexposure to gadgets which I believe can have disadvantages. Alongside integrating digital instruction, discipline really needs to be taught to children. Simply put, together with the knowledge, values also need to be underlined.



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Steve5

Everything has its struggles. What's important is to let kids learn on their own. We won't be able to teach all the stuff they need. These things they'll understand as they go through the process of maturity. Same with learning through digital devices.



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Chinet23

That's a very good point that you raised. The kids are not supposed to be spoonfed but also be trained on how they can learn on their own. They should be taught and encouraged on how they can learn and retain the lessons that they can acquire through experience and probably by trial and error. Learning is a process that they need to get accustomed to.



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theresajane

Yes, I agree with you. There will always be two sides of a coin. Digital learning is indeed very helpful. But, when it's not properly used and proper guidance is absent, then expect that it'll have a negative effect on the child.



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NesMarcos

I believe that traditional learning is much more effective that digital learning. This is because traditional learning is basically more appropriate for the youngsters like children, teenagers, and young adolescents. Checking the attendance at class helps them in having a constant interaction with other individuals, be better disciplined, follow a regular schedule being imposed by the school's administration, and improve their mental alertness and physical fitness. This will bring them better body condition and healthy mind.

In school, students can interact and ask their questions to their teachers or facilitators impromptu and have a better understanding with the lesson right away. Thus, it will also help to lessen the worries and give them more confidence when having examinations.



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Chinet23

I can see that you have a more conservative view on this. And I agree with the points you raised regarding the benefits of traditional learning. Digital learning should not really replace the traditional learning. However, because of the modern times, schools are starting to integrate digital learning. I'm dubious about it myself but I'm glad to know it will take a minuscule portion of their schedule.



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coolavender

I don't really see a problem with integrating digital learning with traditional learning specially when both parents and teachers are on top. I would prefer integrating because I don't believe in 100% digital learning for children and I also believe that it would be a backward strategy to deprive students of the benefits of learning through modern technology by insisting on delivering lessons 100% though traditional methods. My son's generation is fortunate to have all of these options at their fingertips.



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Zelmontero

I think balancing the two way of learning is important. I have a five years old cousin and through digital learning or watching Youtubes he learned a lot of things in english. There should still be a guidance in this way of learning like in traditional. Digital teaching is more captivating to kids because of the colorful designs but traditional teaching could be enjoyable through games. It is both beneficial to kids so don't be afraid in trying new things.



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Chinet23

It's really important that kids find learning as a fun thing to do and not some burdensome task. In both mediums, digital and traditional, interactive activities and games need to incorporated to gain the interest of the children and develop in them the excitement of learning.



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anchoreztin

What a time to be alive! For me, I am blessed to be living today. Lately, I just completed my bachelor's degree and I was able to graduate because of the right combination of traditional and digital learning. I just cant imagine myself attending school under the traditional learning. We can admit that digital learning has really helped us and made our lives easier. Although some of the traditional learning is obsolete, it is fair to say that it is our foundation on what we have now. This for me, good learning is a balance mix of both traditional ang digital learning.



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kinja90

Internet is the best technology so far that I think is invented. You can search in the Internet for almost any of the answers on your mind. There are always advantages and disadvantages. It's up to you how you limit the use of the gadget. Technology helps our life easier. You can also save money like instead of buying some books, you can find it in the Internet. You can search for tutorials in Youtube or any other sites. If you want to learn, Internet is your bestfriend. I would say it's more convenient in digital learning and you can easily track what's your child's weaknesses and which topics to focus in to with today's technology.



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Zelmontero

I agree that internet make our life easier. We really do not need to spend too much in books because we can now access it in the internet. It will also be a lot easier to carry tablet instead of many books.



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Chinet23

I've heard of some schools which are already using a tablet for e-books instead of bringing heavy books in school. This definitely means a lighter load for students instead of carrying bulky bags. But here in our country, it might take some time for every school to do it especially the public schools.



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stbrians

Everything is turning digital but it is not the best so far. Handwriting, multiplication tables and many other things are disappearing into oblivion. Teachers seem to laze around as everything is googled. We are left with people who act like machines.



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Chinet23

Exactly. I used to tell my son about researching during my days. I had to climb up through stairs of a 4-storey library and skim through the book pages. But nowadays, they had it real easy and sometimes because of too much convenience, they don't tend to put value on things they learned.



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jayjaydimson

Well for the millennial, I would choose digital, because everything we have to know is on the internet, so it will be a lot easier if we can review digital, and it also allows us to understand the topic quickly.



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Aeolos

For me traditional learning is still the best way in learning. It really great for a student with a personal interaction with his or her teacher when he or she would like to raise some clarifications. Seeing or interacting with your classmates and instructors adds confidence in you as it will also develop your character and is good for any person who would like a face to face communication. Also, your classmates get to share their experiences for additional knowledge in that would be useful in the real world.



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Chinet23

That maybe the reason why our Educational system cannot abolish traditional learning completely even now that we are in a digital age. Nothing really can compare with a personal interaction with teachers because I also believe that learning is a total package not only the facts that you need to learn but how you learn it. We are not only intellectual beings, we are also emotional and social.



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romyter013

Some of the private school implementing these kind of learning using their gadgets such as the tablets as their workbooks. They encouraging parents to practice their kids to studying using internet at early stage for them to know on how to navigate and use internet on their everyday life. Its alright I guess for reason that they want the children use the tablets instead books so they won't bring anymore heavy books at school but just a small backpack for the whole day. Though the intention was good but the eyes of the kids will suffer everyday. Parents still need to be aware of it and I think traditional learning are still way best for me.



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Jeane

I believe that educational institutions will within a few years begin to force kids to use gadgets in
schools. It already started innocuously with calculators, next it will be tablets or laptops and then - lessons on the net.

All that and any “contra-hype” wouldn't alter the fact that traditional learning is at the present more
effective. Nonetheless it is obvious that change is in the air and there is nothing anyone can do to stop what’s coming. Who knows, maybe eventually digital learning will be much better than traditional teaching when AI eventually does replace teachers.



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vivalavanda

As a millennial, I believe that Digital learning is much more effective for me and for other millennials and kids in today's generation. It is much easier to learn and it is more interactive to learn using our technology. Especially, kids are more on visual and digital learning offers you that.

We can't go back before but we can go forward, kids today they think of traditional learning as dull and slow-paced. However, teachers today are trying their best to make the traditional learning more interactive and enjoying than before.



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emiaj55

This was also implemented when my son reached senior highschool. I think is that the good thing in this is that I won't have to wait for his report card to know what subjects he was having difficulties. This really helped in helping him more in studies. The downside in this is that social development would have a tragic change if this digital studies are made for the rest of his schooldays fulltime



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theresajane

There are always two sides of a coin. We just have to accept that digital learning is a good thing, but it also has downsides. Whether it's traditional or digital way of learning, as long as it helps the students, let's welcome it and don't forget to monitor the child. The world is changing, children's interests also change, thus, we have to cope with it and learn how to deal with their likes so learning would be more fun.



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focusedwriter10

Digital learning is more beneficial compared to traditional learning. Through digital learning, you can easily manage your time, and exchange ideas with students from various nations, which was not easier in traditional learning. The future is digital, and we cannot avoid it.



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jpk0007

I think that digital learning can be very good as an additional source of learning but cannot completely take the place of traditional learning. Digital learning can be very helpful in most of the technical subjects but for the other subjects, there is no alternative to traditional learning. Digital learning can touch all the broad contours of a subject but the traditional learning will teach you the nuances.



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