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Laptops and technology have become a staple in the modern classroom, but so has the debate around whether they are helpful or harmful to students' education. Since technology is here to stay, this blog will take a closer look at the positives and negatives of technology in the classroom and give suggestions for students to help make their technology use as helpful as possible.
1. Using technology in the classroom can provide more accessibility to education for students with disabilities. With features like text-to-speech, technology provides accessibility that paper and pencil cannot. Also, assistive technology provides equality in class, allowing people with and without disabilities to access education.
2. Technology accommodates different learning styles. Everyone learns differently, but it can be difficult for teachers to teach in a way that accommodates each individual's learning style. However, technology provides lots of options to accommodate every type of learner. While paper and pencil can be limiting, technology provides many ways to learn. So, even if your teacher doesn’t use your learning style, you can still use technology to learn the material in a way that works best for you.
Some examples are:
3. Technology can provide easier note-taking. You must write notes fast during a lecture to get all the information the professor is saying. And, if you are the kind of person who needs to review information after class to retain that information, it is even more crucial that you write everything down. Since lectures are often at a faster pace, writing everything down by hand can make your notes messy and unorganized. Typing notes on a computer allows you to organize your notes easier, and it can be faster than writing by hand. In a recent study, “students indicated that they are much more comfortable taking notes electronically than by hand.” So, using technology in class can make your note-taking easier.
4. Using technology in the classroom gives you practice using technology which is often essential in the workplace. In a recent study, “students saw technology as an integral part of the classroom, pointing out in their survey responses that “technology is the future,” “everything we do revolves around the use of technology.” Technology is everywhere, including in the workplace. Knowing how to use different things like PowerPoint, word, excel, and even social media is now an asset in the workplace. The best way to get knowledge on these platforms is through using them. Using technology in the classroom allows you to have more experience with these platforms to help better prepare you for joining the workforce.
5. It can be easier to stay organized. Once you have written your notes on paper, it can be hard to reorganize them after. Often after a lecture, I found that the way the professor organized the lecture was confusing for me, so I would have to reorganize my notes to make it clearer how the information connected. For written notes, I would have had to re-write everything to reorganize my notes, but luckily, I used my computer for notes, which was simple and took only a few seconds. Also, on your computer, you can have your notes, reminders, a calendar for the course due dates, a to-do list, and an agenda all in one place. For paper, you would have these in separate locations, which can create a bit of disorganization and make juggling multiple classes harder.
So download BeTimeful today to help technology be a helpful tool in the classroom, not a distraction that reduces your academic performance.
Check out BeTimeful's other resources to help you balance technology with your life:
Neiterman, Elena, and Christine Zaza. “A Mixed Blessing? Students’ and Instructors’ Perspectives about Off-Task Technology Use in the Academic Classroom.” The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, vol. 10, no. 1, 2019.
Patterson, Richard W., and Robert M. Patterson. “Computers and productivity: Evidence
from laptop use in the college classroom.” Economics of Education Review, 2017, pp.
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