Schools would not have been really updated what so ever if it were not for computers. Computers help children in many different ways. They can increase motivation and self esteem, they can help with technical skills, they can help complete more complex tasks, and they can help with many other great things. Computers are what make students of 2002’s education different from the education of students of 1955. We learn all that they learned but more thanks to computers.
For example, many young students can feel distracted when working with a computer in class. Additionally, some students are tempted to use their computer for social networking instead of classroom activities which can result in causing a distraction from the lessons taught that day. Second, use of technology in classrooms can cause many students to cheat on test or different assignments given to them. There are many different apps set up to help some students that are struggling pass a math test just by typing in the problem and letting the computer solve it for them. Thirdly, many Americans could find that the use of technology can bring some young students down and cause them to become very lazy.
Using Computers as Effective Teaching Tools How can I implement technology to improve my effectiveness as a teacher? I know that students, in general, enjoy using computers in the classroom. So how can we, as teachers, take advantage of the computer as a tool to instruct? Computers are used as teaching tools often to teach through the interactive mode. Students enjoy interactive learning because they can apply the learning to the real world.
Technology is an important part of life and therefore it is an important part of schooling. The National Council for teachers of mathematics states, ?Calculators and computers are reshaping the mathematical landscape, and school mathematics should reflect those changes.? When students go home, they play video or computer games; yet, when they come to school we expect them to want to work in books and complete worksheets. These tasks are quite boring compared to the exciting games they have waiting on them at home. If teachers could only allow students to use their technology, knowledge at school as well as at home then the teachers would find more students excelling in mathematics.
Computers have both positively and negatively impacted the education field. They have helped teachers keeping a spreadsheet on the students so it is easier to keep their grade average straight. Computers have helped students write reports and gain information from the Internet but there are also negative affects from the computers. Students are able to obtain information from the Internet and use it as their own. Students are also able to purchase reports/papers online and turn them in.
When, prior to computers, students had to learn most everything via memorization or lecture and notes, they now have the opportunity for more “hands-on” learning. I believe that this type of learning helps the education process because I feel people, not just children, learn more when they attempt a task and succeed, or fail, at it on their own. Computers also help students learn cooperative learning habits, or learning with one another. This, in turn, helps the teacher be more of a guide than a lecturer. The classroom becomes more of a group effort.
Computers are negatively impacting our students in countless ways; the internet has conveniently made plagiarism a part of many students academic lives, they have opened numerous new windows for distractions from homework, and are diminishing students social skills. In David Gelernter’s essay, Computers Cannot Teach Children Basic Skills, he argues that computers are unnecessary in the classroom for children in grades k-12. Gelernter argues that computers should not be used as an educational tool because of ineffective software; they are being overused, and are replacing real teaching. He believes computers are both aiding and hindering our educational system; with supervised computer use and better programs our students will reap the benefits without becoming dependent on the technology. This widespread computer problem is affecting our young students who are our future leaders.
Computers also enable students to learn at a faster or slower pace. This is beneficial in the aspect that it will keep quick learners from getting bored, as well as giving those that need a little extra time that same benefit. In every aspect of our lives, we are faced with computers. They are in our classrooms, cars, and even used to perform menial tasks. With computers in school, students will be given the advantage of learning their way around computers that they will be using for the rest of their lives.
Likewise, computers have affected how students and teachers communicate and how lessons are presented to the class. In some schools, teachers only allow students to use computers at certain times of the day or sometimes only once a week (Molnar 1). Similarly, computer access is restricted in many schools around the world and students are forced to dig through heavy textbooks that are possibly out of date and inaccurate. Whether unlimited access to computers in school is beneficial or not is still up to debate. The use of computers in school classrooms would revolutionize the atmosphere of learning.
Deciding how many computers per school, how many computers per class, how many lessons involving computers, whether Internet access should be granted, and planning security issues with expensive equipment is not going to be an easy task. I believe everyone is very excited right now about having computers in their classrooms. It's also happening at the elementary school where I am currently working as a T.A. There will be at least one computer in each classroom. The fourth and fifth grade classes have more than one because they have projects that they can type during class or they have any other activity that will enhance their computer abilities.