Learning from Paper

According to an American study, the memory of school children and students has deteriorated because of the internet. Young people used to looking for information on the internet rely on the fact that they can check everything online or “Google it”.

Behind the study is SharpBrains, an independent group of brain specialists. The group takes the view that because search engines enable looking for information any time and anywhere, it has become harder to memorise things. Bill Klemm, Professor of Neuroscience at Texas A&M University, who is a member of the group, says that being able to find information is not the same as knowing. He emphasises that the brain needs practise in the same way as muscles. He writes in his blog that it is clear that the ultimate goal should be to teach people how to think, solve problems, and create. Central to these capabilities, however, is the ability to remember things. Indeed, Klemm suggests that memorisation and teaching memory skills should be incorporated into school curriculums.

Paper as an aid to remembering

Printed learning materials thus still play their part in supporting learning and memorisation. According to Eeva-Liisa Heinaro, Sales Director, UPM, paper is something that can be experienced with all our senses. It is not only an excellent platform for learning and conveying messages, but it also represents everyday design at its best.

Printed messages are now complemented by digital channels: the internet, smartphones and tablets. According to Heinaro, it is clear that printed and digital media are not rivals, but support one another both in learning and in the world of media in general. Both printed materials and digital channels have their own uses.

Sources: HS.fi, www.sharpbrains.com
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Text: Terhi Jokinen, Tuovi Similä
Photos: Viljak

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