Technology and Education The education of an individual is very important. In the beginning a classroom was the only place for students to learn and study. In this day and age computers are used for almost everything. In high schools computers are used to take role, submit reports and even for tests. In college computers are used for everything.
School work is submitted online and there are even classes that can be taken online. Though technology is used for almost everything in schools now, a good education cannot be achieved without some type of interaction. Technology is useful for studying and reviewing but a good education requires a teacher and a classroom environment. A traditional classroom is the perfect place for a student to get a good education, but not all can learn in just a classroom setting. Though a classroom is a safe and comforting place to get a good education, some people just cannot focus in a class full of their peers. There are distractions all around the room and focusing can sometimes be harder for some. This is where the use of technology comes in, students sometimes need extra assistance and using a computer to create study guides or activities can motivate a student to want to review the course work that was given to them that day. Many students feel the desire to study everyday and further their education.
Using a computer to study or to practice daily activities greatly increases the student??™s desire to learn in class as well as at home. According to Computers and Education in America, ???They [students] will voluntarily spend hours earning on the Web instead of being bored to death by endless books and stodgy teachers.??? Using computers could also lead to many distractions, such as the Internet and games.
Though, these distractions can be monitored unlike some of the distractions in the classroom. Many classes these days are online, these are called cyber classes. Of course just cyber classes wont have the same effect as a traditional classroom setting. Learning takes some type of interaction, wether it be between a teacher and his or her class, or a student group conversation. Sitting at a computer to learn can only do so much. Computers should be used only review in school.
Students who only take cyber classes have less of a social life and do not have any experience with interacting with people. The same thing goes for children who are home schooled, their social experience is down to the minimum. With computer classes there is the issue of wether or not the student would even decide to go online and take the class or even do assignments. Instead the student would rather ???surf??? the web or do other things such as hang out with friends or even sleep.
Another bad thing about cyber classes is the chance that a server might be down or a student??™s internet is not working. That could lead to problems such as the teacher giving assignments and the student not getting it because they never made it to class. Other problems that can occur with online classes is the issue of the teacher or professor forgetting to put assignments up. Technology is an amazing tool to use when a student is studying or reviewing the assignments. Having an entire class online is just not plausible, there are many things that can go wrong. A classroom is the perfect place not only to learn but to broaden a student??™s social horizon. Computers should only be used for education in classrooms or at home with special supervision.