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Pencil VS Pixel: Exploring the Future of the Classroom

Beatrice
Pencil VS Pixel: Exploring the Future of the Classroom

This project questioned the future of the classroom. Classroom environments are changing with technological advances. Are we favouring more virtual and digital tools, or is there still space in the classroom for more tactile processes and learning through doing?

Knol designed the experiment in partnership with the educational institute, SintLucas. It consisted of one teacher and 25 students, over the course of two months, graduating through stages from 100% analogue to 100% digital. The research collected the response of the students through observation, questionnaires and one to one discussions. The information collected focused on attitude towards learning, interaction with their peers and the teacher and bodily use and awareness.

The conclusions from this project suggested it isn’t as simple as choosing between analogue or digital but more using both together. Technology allows for possibilities that traditional methods could never achieve. However, the students involved in the study, emphasised the importance for an integration of bodily and virtual experiences.

In a rapidly evolving technological environment, education must also adapt and modernise.  Students must be equipped with the skills to create in the new and unfamiliar. This experiment suggests we should stay in touch with analogue methods if only to add to the new digital experience.