Article Summary: The question is very simple, try
asking someone who was raised using digital watches what time it is when
they see an analog clock. In many cases, they will say they do not know
what time it is. This is a common problem even among students in the late
teens and early twenty's.
Why should every child wear an analog watch? The question is very simple, try asking someone who was raised using digital watches what time it is when they see an analog clock. In many cases, they will say they do not know what time it is. This is a common problem even among students in the late teens and early twenty's. College professors like it when the clock on the wall is analog, since many students are clock watchers. Professors like it because many students do not know how to tell what time it is, surprising and true.
The old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words when it comes to analog watches. It is difficult to visualize anything related to time, math concepts, or science concepts when looking at the face of a digital watch. However, with an analog watch these are all possible. Most humans are visual and need pictures to help them better understand what is happening and interpret information.
Besides the above, analog watches have specific advantages for learning. They are very helpful for learning fractions, which is something you can not do with a digital watch. Using and analog watch for fractions can be used in the following examples:
Another application of analog watches is when learning the phases of the moon in science. For example:
Another advantage of an analog watch is that you can use it as a make shift compass if lost or trying to find north and south to find the direction you are heading. To accomplish this you:
Students have now developed the ability to find the point on a compass for math, science, and social studies class. Try doing all this with a digital watch, it can not be done.