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Updated November 3rd, 2023 at 14:44 IST

Enduring Significance of Print Books in Multimedia Age: Nurturing Young Minds

In today's fast-paced digital world, where multimedia and e-learning have become ubiquitous, there is a growing debate regarding the role of text books.

Nandini Verma
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In today's fast-paced digital world, where multimedia and e-learning have become ubiquitous, there is a growing debate regarding the role of traditional print books in education. Jitendra Agnihotri, Business Head, S Chand School – National Publications in a conversation with Republic World has discussed how print books hold an irreplaceable role in education particularly in the formative years of brain development. “With thirty years of experience in school book publishing, I confidently share the importance of print books in the era of multimedia, emphasising the need to preserve traditional teaching methods and reduce screen time, all while acknowledging the valuable contribution of digital resources as supplementary tools.”

Nurturing Young Minds

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The early years of a child's education are crucial for brain development. Print books provide several unique advantages in this regard. They offer a tactile and sensory experience that enhances comprehension and memory retention. Children who engage with physical books develop fine motor skills, spatial awareness, and a deeper connection to the content. The act of turning pages, feeling the texture of paper, and the smell of books all contribute to a holistic learning experience.

The Pedagogical Power of Traditional Teaching

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Traditional teaching methods have proven their efficacy over generations. The combination of a skilled teacher, a well-structured curriculum, and print textbooks has been the cornerstone of successful education. Teachers can use print books as a structured foundation to guide their lessons. This approach not only imparts knowledge but also encourages critical thinking, discussion, and interaction. Print books promote discipline and a deep sense of engagement, which is essential in the early stages of learning.

Embracing Technology as a Complementary Tool

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While the importance of print books is undeniable, we must recognise the valuable role of digital resources in the modern education landscape. These resources can act as complementary tools, enhancing the learning experience. Digital content, when used judiciously, can make lessons more interactive and engaging. It can also provide access to a wide range of multimedia elements, such as videos and animations, which can further stimulate a student's understanding of complex topics.

Balancing Screen Time

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In an era where screen time has become a concern for many parents and educators, it is vital to strike a balance between technology and traditional teaching methods. Excessive screen time can lead to issues such as eye strain, reduced attention spans, and even sleep disturbances. Therefore, we must use digital resources sparingly and purposefully. Print books serve as a much-needed respite from screens and offer a healthier learning environment.

The Power of Choice

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Ultimately, the decision to prioritise print books in education should be about choice. Each student is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. It is essential to provide options for students and teachers, allowing them to choose the methods that best suit their learning styles and needs. A balanced approach that integrates print books and digital resources can create a holistic learning experience.

In conclusion, the enduring significance of print books in the multimedia age cannot be underestimated. They play a vital role in the formative years of brain development, offering sensory engagement, nurturing traditional teaching methods, and providing a valuable break from screens. While digital resources have their place, they should be viewed as supplementary tools, enhancing rather than replacing the traditional learning experience. By maintaining a balance and recognising the individual needs of students, we can create an education system that empowers young minds for a lifetime of learning and critical thinking. Publishing houses need to remain committed to continuing to bring exemplary print books for students and ensure that they have constant access to high-quality educational resources that foster their intellectual growth.

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(Disclaimer: Views expressed here are personal.)
 

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Published November 3rd, 2023 at 14:44 IST

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