Technology in the Classroom: “A” Okay?

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?

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6 Responses to “Technology in the Classroom: “A” Okay?”

  1. tina September 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    technology facilitates each and every sector around the world so we may see lot of innovations.

  2. Quynh Bui September 29, 2012 at 12:04 am #

    Technology in the classroom is not a bad idea if the students actually use it to take notes/organize notes as they stated. However, I don’t think that I have seen more than 3 people in all of my classes that actually use their laptop just to take notes. Sometimes it can be very distracting when someone is sharing their ideas, thoughts in class while some other people keep typing constantly, and we all know it has nothing to do with the class. In short, technology is a plus for students these days, but please don’t use it to cover for your excuses of not paying attention/distracting people in class.

    • Carolyn October 5, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

      I definitely agree Quynh! I think there is a very fine line between how students use their laptops in the classroom, and whether it really is helping or harming their personal education, as well as the education of others around them.

  3. brian October 2, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    Actually, i really agree with your opinion about how the technology can help our life better.

  4. bob October 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    there is a significant distraction factor with too much technology in the classrrom. especially phones.

  5. Drew Mullen October 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    Carolyn, I agree with your inference. I do not think technology is used by students in the most productive way in the class room.

    This quarter I have tried an ‘all electronic’ strategy. I bring my iPad (with full keyboard) to class everyday and take notes in my classes using Evernote. The device itself is fast enough and has empowered me to do some in class searches to either verify information or find definitions.

    While moving to all electronic this is a great theory, and great practice for keeping multiple folders organized, I can say with full assurance that this tactic has not helped me as much as keeping a spiral notebook that I take all my notes in. Next quarter I will be switching back to a good-ol-fashioned pen and paper!

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