Pierce College, like most other schools today, is surrounded by technology. It’s present in the computer lab, library and even in communication with peers and professors.
However, one place that technology isn’t making life better is in the classroom.
Many students use computers, tablets and even cell phones in the classroom to look at online sources or take notes. In reality, these devices provide students with more of a distraction than a resource.
When professors aren’t on the lookout, these gadgets are being used to check social media and pin the cutest do-it-yourself craft. Obviously, when students aren’t paying attention, they aren’t learning.
Some professors don’t allow technology in the classroom because they know the distraction it can be, and this should be the motto in all classrooms.
While some may complain that they can’t take notes fast enough, or that their writing isn’t good enough and they want to type notes, these excuses aren’t valid. Anyone can take good notes; they simply have to put in the effort to develop their own system or shorthand. Similarly, while some people do have awful penmanship, most can read their own handwriting, and that’s all that matters.
Also, it has been proven in studies that when a person writes something down, they tend to remember it better. The same can’t be said for typing. Writing notes could lessen study time and allow students to remember concepts better.
In addition to remembering concepts better, students will also understand them. If students don’t have technology to distract them, they’ll pay much better attention, which means better grasping of class material.
Now, just because students don’t have technology doesn’t mean they’ll pay attention. Instead, they may choose to do things like doodle or even sleep, and while this is true, the overall chance of students paying attention will go up without technology present. Students learn in different ways including visually, auditory and kinesthetically. Technology can prevent all of these.
Students who learn visually will be distracted by a screen instead of watching a professor or PowerPoint. Auditory learning is prevented when students focus on a distraction instead of listening to a lecture. Kinesthetic learners can be prevented because in many classes as taking handwritten notes is the only hands-on learning they’ll get, and using technology instead prevents the ideas from sticking.
Furthermore, society is already completely doused in technology use, so breaking away from it while learning could be helpful for all. It can allow minds to be more open and free-thinking, without the constraints of technology on them.
Overall, the use of technology in classrooms at Pierce College is harmful to learning. Students pay to get their education, and by allowing themselves to get distracted by technology, they won’t get their money’s worth.
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