In this digital age, traditional teaching modes are being replaced by technology-based ones. Textbooks, which seem less appealing to students, are advised to give way for electronic teaching tools such as video games and films. As far as I am concerned, I partly disagree with this assertion.
There is no denying that learning with multimedia contributes to improving learning effect. A case in the point is that, historical stories on the book may read boring as there are merely names of places, portraits of ancient emperors as well as date when events happened. In contrast, through a video or documentary, the scenes, objects and the facial expressions of great figures are depicted in a vivid and dynamic way, arousing students’ interest and reinforcing their understanding of historical knowledge.
Nevertheless, printed materials are not supposed to be removed in education. The most obvious reason is that reading facilitates the development of imagination. While reading poetry, novels and other literary works, students can visualize the artistic conception, scenery and appearance of heroes in their mind. Providing that the class was taught with TV dramas or movies, this ability would be undermined as the information will be directly presented on the screen and seen in the same way by all viewers. Another significant point is that reading contents on textbook is conducive to enhance student’s language skills. Unlike watching films, readers are required to pay attention to the grammar, context and coherence of a passage, all of which are vital for writing skills.
In conclusion, even though it is justified to apply technology to modern education, I still advocate books should continually be used in imparting knowledge as they play significant roles in certain subjects and cultivating children into all-round individuals.