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The Internet has revolutionized modern society like no other phenomenon before it. To date, its effects are felt in all sectors of modern economy. With the internet, search engines like Google allows students to spend less than seconds to find the relevant information rather than spend hours in the library researching on the topic. In total the Internet has not only increased the amount of learning possibilities outside the classroom but it has created infinite amounts of learning opportunities for students.
However, I do not agree that the Internet will make classroom learning redundant
Firstly, the internet is unable to provide interactive and hands on learning. One of the most effective ways of learning is to have classroom discussions with the teachers to facilitate such discussions. Studies from the Harvard University have shown that the students tend to learn better in a sociable environment and are more likely to stick to their studies when they feel part of a strong group.
Repetition is vital to learning and retains information’s but it can be tedious. During these activities key points of the lesson have to be repeated in an interesting and natural way to better retain what is being taught. This can be experience in a classroom -based learning environment.
Secondly, not everyone can afford to have technologies like computers to access the internet. In less developed countries such as Uganda where about 67% of Ugandans are either poor or highly vulnerable to poverty. Thus, classroom-based lessons are still needed in these countries to increase the school enrolment rate as the majority of the people are unable to afford computers and smartphones.
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