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Digitization or tossing people? Some schools in Minhang pushed "smart pens" to cause parents to complain, "the schoolbag weighs 30 pounds"

Digitization or tossing people? Some schools in Minhang pushed "smart pens" to cause parents to complain, "the schoolbag weighs 30 pounds"

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2024-05-27 06:31Posted on the official account of Shanghai Shangguan News

Digitization or tossing people? Some schools in Minhang pushed "smart pens" to cause parents to complain, "the schoolbag weighs 30 pounds"

"It doesn't make much sense to experience it, but it adds a lot of trouble to children and parents", "Parents feel that digitalization is necessary for the sake of digitalization......

For some time, the Shanghai 12345 citizen service hotline has been receiving complaints from some parents in Minhang District, saying that they are annoyed by a "smart pen" that their children's schools are promoting and using. The pen was developed to collect data on students' learning behaviors and share them with parents after data analysis. The original intention is good, but a series of problems have arisen in practical application, which need to be adjusted as soon as possible.

Minhang District is one of the earliest districts in Shanghai to pilot "smart education", and smart pens are the main application scenarios for the digital transformation of education. Is there any reason for parents' "complaints"? How can technology tools really make a difference in the digital transformation of education?

Digitization or tossing people? Some schools in Minhang pushed "smart pens" to cause parents to complain, "the schoolbag weighs 30 pounds"

△ The picture shows the "smart pen" promoted in many schools in Minhang District.

"I have to carry 30 pounds in my schoolbag"

What is a smart pen? In the call to "12345", parents described it as follows: When children use this pen to do homework, they can record it and upload it to the cloud, and the teacher also uses the smart pen to correct it, and the right and wrong situations are also uploaded synchronously. After the data is collected, not only can you know the basic information such as the time spent by the child to do homework, the completion status, and the accuracy rate, but also the big data analysis can be carried out on the data, and the data such as high-frequency error knowledge points can be used to accurately guide teaching. It sounds very good, and it is precisely because of this that the smart pen has been used in many primary schools in Minhang after the early pilot. Moreover, the pen is provided free of charge by the school, so there is no additional burden for children and parents in theory.

Where does the dissatisfaction of parents come from? Ms. Chen (pseudonym), a parent of a student at the Experimental Primary School Affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Minhang District, said that her child is a five-year student, and the smart pen has been fully used in her child's learning. For her children, relying on the daily learning of the smart pen is not as simple as changing a pen, "The schoolbag is much heavier than before, and sometimes it feels like 30 pounds to carry it." ”

Near the Experimental Primary School Affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Ms. Chen showed the reporter this black smart pen. The most obvious difference from a regular pen is that at the nib, the refill is on one side and a semi-circular hole on the other side, and a camera can be seen in the depths. At the end of the pen, there is a charging contact for metal. The reporter tried to write, except that the hand felt a little heavier, and the blue handwriting was similar to that of an ordinary pen.

Digitization or tossing people? Some schools in Minhang pushed "smart pens" to cause parents to complain, "the schoolbag weighs 30 pounds"

△ The most obvious difference from ordinary pens is that at the nib, the refill is biased to one side, and the other side is a semicircular hole, and a camera can be seen in the depths.

"This pen needs to be accompanied by special textbooks and notebooks for digital teaching," said Ms. Chen, taking out a math workbook and exercise book. Looking through the workbooks and exercise books, except for being slightly thicker than ordinary books, the inside pages are covered with small dots except for the other areas of the text. According to Ms. Chen, the dots are "paved codes" used to identify the content of the textbook. "There are special textbooks and notebooks for the three courses other than language and mathematics, and ordinary textbooks and notebooks are usually used, and children have to carry two sets of books every day in their schoolbags, can they not be heavy?"

Digitization or tossing people? Some schools in Minhang pushed "smart pens" to cause parents to complain, "the schoolbag weighs 30 pounds"

△ Smart pens need to be equipped with special textbooks and notebooks for digital teaching.

Digitization or tossing people? Some schools in Minhang pushed "smart pens" to cause parents to complain, "the schoolbag weighs 30 pounds"

△ The picture shows the matching workbook, in addition to being slightly thicker than the ordinary book, the inside page is covered with small dots except for the other areas of the text.

Not only that, but the cooperation of parents is also essential. She turned on her phone and showed the reporter an app called "One Teach One Learn". When the smart pen is used in school, it can be connected to the receiving device in the classroom, and when used at home, parents need to open the above App, pair and connect with the pen through Bluetooth, and receive the signal through the mobile phone before uploading. "When the child arrives home and starts to do homework, he can't do without his mobile phone, and we get off work late, so we can only equip the child with a mobile phone for her to operate by herself, which makes parents how to manage electronic products?"

Digitization or tossing people? Some schools in Minhang pushed "smart pens" to cause parents to complain, "the schoolbag weighs 30 pounds"

△ When using a smart pen at home, parents need to open the "One Teach One Learn" App, pair and connect with the pen through Bluetooth, and receive the signal through the mobile phone before uploading.

At the same time, the benefits are very different from what is claimed. According to the assumption, Ms. Chen can check her daughter's homework and accuracy through the "One Teach One Learn" App at any time, but she clicks on the App to display: not only a large number of homework is displayed as "not participating"; Some homework points only have the teacher's correction, and there is no children's handwriting; Some assignments are obviously only wrong with one or two questions, but the accuracy rate above shows only one or two percent...... Ms. Chen guessed that this may be caused by the unstable collection of the smart pen, "The data reference in the App is of little significance, or you have to look at the exercise book and exercise book to see, so why toss around?" ”

Digitization or tossing people? Some schools in Minhang pushed "smart pens" to cause parents to complain, "the schoolbag weighs 30 pounds"

△ Ms. Chen can check her daughter's homework and accuracy through the "One Teach One Learn" App at any time, but she clicks on the App to display: not only a large number of homework is displayed as "not participating"; Some homework points only have the teacher's correction, and there is no children's handwriting; Some assignments are obviously only wrong with one or two questions, but the accuracy rate above shows only one or two percent......

Technical tools should be "icing on the cake"

In the complaints, more parents reported the inconvenience caused by the use of smart pens.

Ms. Li, a parent of a student at the Xindu Campus of the Second Experimental Primary School in Minhang District, reported that the smart pen is currently only used in the third and fourth grades of her child's school, and her child is a third-grade student. Considering the inconvenience of using the smart pen after leaving the classroom, the Xindu Campus of the Second Experimental Primary School in Minhang District requires students to use the smart pen only when they are in school. Therefore, the children are required to participate in the after-school service and use the smart pen to complete their homework during the after-school service from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. "When the third grade still uses a pencil, it is common to make mistakes and erase and rewrite, and the wisdom pen can neither erase nor use common stationery such as correction tape for the needs of collection, so you can only cross out and find another blank space to write," Ms. Li said, in order to improve the collection effect and improve the statistics of homework, children have to do it in an ordinary workbook first, and then use a smart pen to transcribe it to the digital special textbook.

Ms. Shi, another parent of a student in Minhang District, said that due to the limitations of the collection of smart pens, her children use a pencil to do it on the textbook every day, and then use the smart pen to trace it again, so as to avoid smearing the workbook out of shape and affecting future review, which in turn increases the child's homework burden. In addition, parents also reported that the price of the smart pen is expensive, and the teachers repeatedly emphasized that the pen cannot be lost when it was issued, otherwise it needs to be compensated according to the price of 500 yuan, which also gives the young children greater psychological pressure.

In the communication, parents generally said that with the development of Internet technology, the digital transformation of education, the use of various technical tools is unavoidable, and the original intention of schools to promote the use of smart pens is definitely good, but how to do good things well is worthy of careful study by the education department.

Parents suggested that on the one hand, the product should be improved as soon as possible, and the use of technical tools should be to promote teachers to teach more efficiently according to their aptitude, and promote students to combine learning and thinking more effectively, and whether the function is stable and whether the product is easy to use is the premise of achieving the above goals. However, judging from the current experience effect, there is still a lot of room for improvement in the ease of use and stability of the smart pen.

On the other hand, whether the use of technological tools to assist teaching can improve teaching efficiency depends on the specific analysis of teaching content and teaching scenarios. The reporter checked the previous report and found that the smart pen had been used in the art teaching classroom. Through the collection of the smart pen, the teacher showed the students' real-time drawing on the screen, so as to guide and stimulate more students' enthusiasm for creation. Compared with the completion of the collection job, the above scenario is obviously more suitable for the smart pen to play a role.

In recent years, from the introduction of various new home-school interactive software to the use of information technology tools in teaching, the field of education in Shanghai has been trying to digitally transform. However, according to the feedback from parents, some of the attempts have caused problems for students and parents. Zhou Gang, Secretary of the Party General Branch of Xuhui District Institute of Education, believes that the digital transformation of education should be the icing on the cake for students to continuously enrich their learning forms and resources, and should touch on the transformation of classroom "teaching" and "learning" methods, as well as the transformation of teachers' concepts and teaching methods, which should be the principle adhered to by the education department.

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  • Digitization or tossing people? Some schools in Minhang pushed "smart pens" to cause parents to complain, "the schoolbag weighs 30 pounds"
  • Digitization or tossing people? Some schools in Minhang pushed "smart pens" to cause parents to complain, "the schoolbag weighs 30 pounds"
  • Digitization or tossing people? Some schools in Minhang pushed "smart pens" to cause parents to complain, "the schoolbag weighs 30 pounds"
  • Digitization or tossing people? Some schools in Minhang pushed "smart pens" to cause parents to complain, "the schoolbag weighs 30 pounds"
  • Digitization or tossing people? Some schools in Minhang pushed "smart pens" to cause parents to complain, "the schoolbag weighs 30 pounds"
  • Digitization or tossing people? Some schools in Minhang pushed "smart pens" to cause parents to complain, "the schoolbag weighs 30 pounds"
  • Digitization or tossing people? Some schools in Minhang pushed "smart pens" to cause parents to complain, "the schoolbag weighs 30 pounds"

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