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Technology in the Classrooms

In classrooms today, technology is used everywhere. Power points, projectors, computers, microphones, Internet, and many more. It is said that technology in school increases students' motivation to work; by showing slide shows and videos on the topic, students tend to enjoy learning a lot more.  This website also stated that technology can also improve their technical skills, increase their knowledge, and also increase their ability to participate in various activities Source 1 . Technology also allows students to access and find information easier especially from the Internet. Even in college, all my classes use some sort of technology from printed out papers to Course Web on the computer. Even when writing papers, our sources usually comes from the Internet and not the library.

So, how does technology in the classrooms always improve students' ability to learn? Or does technology worsen the students' ability to learn? Do these technologies make our school work easier? Should students allowed to be introduced to technology at a young age in schools? What is the importance of technology in classrooms? And is there anyway that technology in the classrooms would worsen the ability to learn?

These are some of the questions to consider when dealing with technology in our college lives.

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  1. While I think that “always” is a very strong word, I think that technology usually improves a student’s ability to learn. This depends on the student, however. I, personally, am a very visual learner, and because of this I learn much better with the information projected up onto the wall or screen. The larger font and definition the projector offers gives me an advantage over trying to read off of the blackboard. However, I think that the technology has to be consistent in order to help. I know, for example, that in my chemistry class, we use a projector to put the notes up on the wall. Almost as a rule, this projector turns off for no apparent reason just as my professor’s lecture is getting rolling. This forces him to make a clumsy transition to the blackboard, and back again as it inevitably comes back on. This inconsistency of technology, I find hinders my learning and I would almost prefer my professor to stick to the blackboard despite being in a large lecture hall. As for introducing technology at a young age, I think it can help around third or fourth grade. Before that landmark, I feel like it is important that kids learn by getting involved and working problems out hands on. The small classrooms in which classes are held make writing on the chalkboard allowable. As kids get older, however, I think a teacher that forgoes technology is also forgoing the full potential of possible knowledge to their students.

  2. Technology is the best and the worst thing that has been introduced into the class room. It has allowed students to find answer’s to question quickly and with great convenience and quickness. Teachers can give pages upon pages of class material without using a single sheet of paper and students can hand in assignments from the comfort of their homes. With how technology has become a major part of the classroom it has definitely better the pace and environment of the school experience, to a certain extent.
    With the wide varieties of programs that are available on internet and computers many distractions are now available to students. My high school provided every student with a tablet pc, thinking that it would greatly improve the classroom experience. When first introduced there were no restrictions of what websites were available and what could be downloaded onto each computer. Me and many other students, found ourselves surfing the web and playing games in nearly every class. This greatly took away from my learning experiences and the distractions increased greatly. Even when I sat in class and tried to use my computer as a way to better my schooling I always had the temptation to surf web or play game. As the school years went on the teachers and administration realized that these distraction became a great problem. They set up web filters and limited the content that could be downloaded onto each student’s tablet. But what was soon discovered by students was that there were ways around many of the restrictions and filters put in place. This distracted the students even more and caused them to but more time into finding ways around the digital walls, than doing school work and staying attentive in class. Personally, I think that my grades and attentiveness in high school would have immensely increased if the school would have simply taken the computers away.
    In theory, computers in the classroom seem like a great idea but, realistically all they are is a huge distraction. Nearly every educational task that was completed using computers could have just as easily been done using other means. I do not believe that high school students are mature enough to use computers in the classroom with all the distractions that are included. Until administrations and faculty can build a full proof system of what computers can be used for in classroom, the school experience will not be improved by the means of technology.

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