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Technology in Education

When I first started school as a little girl, the only forms of technology that we had in school were computers and televisions.  The teachers may have had cell phones, but they were not used during school hours.  Also, not every country in the world had the technology that we did.  Now days it seems like technology has pretty much taken over the world and most people don’t think they could live without it.  Many school systems, especially in the United States, now use many forms of technology such as: laptops, cell phones, iPods, clickers, etc.  Using technology such as this in schools can have many wonderful advantages, but it can also have many disadvantages too.

One form of technology that is used around the world today, especially in schools, is laptops.  Laptops are a wonderful piece of technology to have.  They are small, and easy to carry, so you can take them almost anywhere you go.  According to abc news, many schools across the country are replacing textbooks with laptops because the internet is easier to use and the information on the internet is constantly updated.  But are they really a good tool for kids to use during school hours?  Teachers want students to be able to use them in the classroom so that they can look up information for solving problems or writing a paper.  But the students may want to use them for other things, like getting on facebook or Twitter and talking to friends when the teacher is not looking.  So, laptops may be wonderful things to have when a person is on-the-go, but they are not really appropriate for students to use during school.

Another form of technology that is being used in many schools today is cell phones.  Cell phones, just like laptops, are wonderful things to have and they can be very helpful in many situations.  For example, if someone is in a car accident, if they have service, they can use their cell phone to call home and/or call emergency services.  But schools now days are trying to make it to where students can use their cell phones during class so they can text questions to the teacher if they don’t want to ask the question in front of the whole class.  The problem with this is that, instead of texting the teacher questions, the students could be texting other students and not pay attention to what the teacher is saying.  So, even though cell phones could be a good way to try to save students from embarrassment, students may not use the given opportunity for what it is supposed to be used for.

Another way that schools across the country are allowing students to use technology during school is by using iPods.  According to the New York Times, iPods can be used for more than just listening to music. They can also be used, for example, to teach students that are trying to learn the English language.  But it also says that some students have been caught using them to try to cheat on tests by loading the answers to the test onto their iPod.  Also, if the iPod is the one teaching the students, then why is the teacher there?  So, just like every other form of technology in school, iPods may be intended for good, but the students can use them for bad.

A new form of technology that is being used in many colleges around the country, such as Morehead, is something called clickers, or “student response systems.” Student response systems are systems in which, when the teacher puts a question on the board, the student answers the question by pushing a button on their “clicker” or keypad.  When the student pushes the button, their answer is then submitted into the computer.  These systems are very good because the students can enter their answers anonymously.  The problem with these systems, though, is that they are very expensive.  So, with the clickers, the problem is not that the students will cheat, it is that they are very expensive so they can cost the university a lot of money.

So, as you can see, there are many wonderful benefits to having certain technology in schools.  But that does not mean that the students are going to take advantage of these benefits.  I’m not trying to say that all students are bad, but it is almost guaranteed that some of them will use opportunities such as these to do things like cheat on a test or help a friend cheat on a test.  Also, technology is changing rapidly everyday.  So now the question becomes whether or not the states can afford to keep providing schools with new technology all the time considering how expensive it is now days.

Categories: Education Reform
  1. mark morris
    December 8, 2010 at 5:25 am

    I think that students should be allowed to use cell phone in the class room, as i think they should be able to use laptops. I do not agree with the iPods because I think they are for music purposes only. But the cell phone is important in case of an emergency or you needed to be contacted ASAP for something very important. The laptops make studying very easy, because it is on the go. As compared to caring around a book bag that weights a ton and it being a very big miss inconvenience. The laptop down side is not only can you chat with your friends or get on face book. You can also play games you may have on your lap top. This will be a distraction to you, and be a distraction to the other students around you. The professors would come to a point that they wouldn’t know if they should take your laptop or not. Which could cause massive chaos in the school system.

  2. Brittany
    December 9, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I think that if they are going to allow laptops in a classroom they should allow cell phones. Students can still be on websites talking to other people on laptops the same way that they could be texting other students during class. I agree that laptops make studying easier, but still they shouldnt let them in if they dont allow cell phones. They can be a big distraction just like cell phones can be. Laptops can also be a big help with replaceing text books with them. Things would be easier to find, and faster to find.

  3. Nicole
    December 18, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    I think that students should be allowed to have laptops in school. Where I went to highschool we had two computer labs and over 50 teachers and different classes. So if about 20 students could fit in each one at once. We were given papers to write in highschool and we were given a deadline. Some kids can’t get things done while they are at home and would benfit greatly from being able to have a laptop during class. The cheating thing might not be such a large issue if the school didn’t have wi-fi. I think it would make the teachers jobs easier and the students. No more messy hand writing that the teachers are sitting at their desk trying very despretly to figure out.

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