Tablets in classrooms shouldn't substitute quality teaching, says scientist

Are tablets the best tools for optimal learning?

Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa said he wants a tablet device for every pupil in South African schools within six years.

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Dr Chris Smith says that while digital devices can be beneficial they should not replace quality teaching, investment in quality teachers or the commitment of learners.

He adds that the perks of learning from a screen and learning from a page may differ according to an individual's learning style.

Dr Smith, also known as the Naked Scientist, says the introduction of digital devices in learning environments such as classrooms and lecture halls comes with greater responsibility.

There's a benefit to having electronic devices and access to information, but it's not a replacement for old-fashioned physical learning.

Chris Smith, Chair of science - University of Cambridge

Electronic sources of information are pretty valuable in the modern era.

Chris Smith, Chair of science - University of Cambridge

It's very valuable to have access to the information but, at the same time, you need to teach people to be responsible with how they curate, use and deploy that information at themselves.

Chris Smith, Chair of science - University of Cambridge

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