The Negative Impacts of EdTech: EQ Perspectives

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  1. Niaz Makhdum Muhammad, Mitch Schneider, Allison Hill, and Douglas M. Yau, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, United States

Digital technology has proven to be transformative for 21st century education, functioning as a catalyst for pedagogical engagement and change. Today’s learners are using smart-phones, tablets, laptops, and other digital devices as learning tools on a regular basis. Without the use of technology, teachers also struggle to offer the variety of deeper learning opportunities now available in better-equipped classrooms. Nevertheless, the negative impacts of technology, particularly relating to emotional intelligence (EQ) skills, are also raising concerns among educators and researchers in this domain. EdTech may result in loss of communication among peers as well as extra stress, which may create a barrier in developing emotional intelligence. Technology can also result in diminishing motivation and empathy between students. Despite concern over the negative effects of EdTech in learning EQ skills, previous researchers in this field have not extensively investigated this issue. This study will focus on how technology can play an important and beneficial role in learning emotional intelligence skills. The outcomes of the study will comprehensively highlight the negative impacts of using technology in the EQ learning process. The study will also make recommendations to minimize the negative impacts of EdTech in EQ learning and to make the use of technology in EQ learning more effective.

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