The Irreversible Ways Educational Psychology and Technology Changed the Brain | Brain World

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“Children today are saturated in technology—from digital learning games to more advanced interactions like social networking and text messaging. The Internet has changed much about how young people today connect and receive information. Though written off by many parents as pure entertainment or passing fads, these technologies may be having a more lasting impact on how young people learn and retain knowledge. The increasing role of digital and Internet-based programs in classrooms across the country only intensifies these potential effects. A number of recent reports have attempted to quantify the ways in which technological exposure can impact the way the human brain processes and sorts information, and it seems clear that constant exposure can cause change. Whether that change is detrimental is much less certain, however, and for now, technology seems destined to play an ever-growing role in education.”


While I can’t speak directly to the concerns about technology raised in this article, I feel that it’s important to address the presumption that most children being educated in America today are technologically savvy and, as such, are essentially training themselves to success in a wired world post-graduation.” While schools across the nation have embraced the use of technology in the classroom, there remain a great many districts that lag behind, and often these are the very districts whose students are more likely to live in environments that reduce their access to learning tools, including books and computers.


As a tutor who works with students at the college level, I see, every day, the tremendous divide between the haves and the have-nots, between the technologically savvy and the technologically illiterate, between the students who have learned critical thinking and those who never learned it. I’m tremendously appalled by the deficits that are so obviously inherent in the educational system that is all our young people have to rely on to help them build a better future. Some of these young people, generally those from families that provide them with economic advantages which include better neighborhoods and schools, have all the tools they need to succeed in college and, thus, in the world of work. But, far, far too often, I see young people who have been cheated out of the future they might have been able to achieve, had they been given the opportunity of a good foundational education, and that includes access to the technology that is integral to today’s work world.

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