Every college classroom and campus has a varied code of conduct regarding technology in the classroom. Generally, I have found that each professor determines which types of technologies are allowed, and how they can be used.
The use of computers in the classroom is one subject that was directly brought to my attention when I studied abroad, and when I returned to RIT’s campus. In Australia, I found that most students (at least 80%) brought some form of technology to class, whether it was a smart phone, tablet or computer to takes notes and interact with during class. Many of those students argued that they learn better by typing notes on a computer, where they could easily organize, access and print them later for tests.
After reading an article posted by Matt Petronzio on the social media site Mashable, stating that, “Only 2% of people can multi-task successfully,” I found it hard to believe that these students were really learning as well as I was, using the “old fashioned” pen and paper method. Further looking at the info graphic, I noted that, “62% of web pages students open on their laptops during class are unrelated to the subject… and on average they generate 65 new screen windows per lecture.”
This made question, “Are students really learning as well when they use a computer in the classroom, and should technology really be “A” Okay to use? What percentage of students find themselves more focused, or learning better using technology in class? Does incorporating this technology show some sort of causation to a better understanding of a subject?”
As a student, what do you think about having technology in the classroom; do you think it does more harm than good, or is it “A” Okay in your book?