Following a Forbes piece in which a teacher proclaims he avoids turning a computer on during class time, and that face-to-face is key I thought I’d explain why all that is wrong.

Below are five examples of technology or digital in the classroom that really make life easier for both the teacher and student.


Ignoring the fact that ebooks, and PDFs are cheaper than hardbacks, it takes a lot more energy to carry multiple books to school, than it does to simply login on a laptop, Kindle, or tablet.

With groups like the LSE Digital Library and World Digital Library expanding quickly, and even holding rarer edition of books, it’s easy to see why they are beating hardback services.

Publishing companies such as Harper Collins openly discuss online books as the future.

Documentries, movies, and more

Many people remember the wheeling in of a small television, and a VHS/DVD being played, but in 2013, it’s simpler for the teacher to have a MacBook attached to an ActivBoard play a Channel 4 OD/BBC iPlayer/Hulu/YouTube video.

Groups like BrainPOP specialize in creating multimedia content for all ages and types of students, from flash games, to interactive quizzes.

International revenue for digital game-based learning in 2012 totalled $1.5bn, Education Week has reported.

Online exams

Many online exam-based services can be exposed to hacks, tricks, and other ways to get third party info on an upcoming exam.

However, with more and more universities based online and over 1.5m homeschooled students in The United States alone, online exams make sense.


One of the most annoying things as a student is having to scramble through illegible notes, half-drawn charts and images, and more. Educreation allows teachers and professors to either record in-lesson or at home via an iPad, laptop or iPhone, the exact audio and on-screen images/text the teacher is discussing.

You can watch in real time, or pause, rewind, and fast-forward to the part you need.


Similarly to E-Libraries, the internet provides us with a whole host of online resources from the dark depths of a Wikileak PDF to help with your NSA exam paper, to a Spanish translator to help write an essay.

Online resources allow us to access information in the classroom, on the go, and at home to help support our very important learning.

International language barriers, which may have stopped a student from reading a piece on Syria from a French newspaper are now gone with full-page translators. All this and more prove that the classroom is heading very quickly to the computer.


Published 24 September, 2013 by David Olshanetsky

David Olshanetsky was the (teenage) intern at Econsultancy.  Follow on Twitter @BTWOMGLIKEYAH.

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Anyone reading this piece would do well to read the original article to which it refers. The teacher being quoted here is not some technophobe who fears the introduction of technology in his classroom. In fact his blog is a well thought out and argued position of the place that technology has in education and how it needs to complement face-to-face interactions. Sadly unlike this piece which is a poorly-disguised advertorial for some tools that could help with delivery and facilitation of education.

Both have their place but you should not offer knee-jerk reactions to the first line of an article you do not appear to have read.

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