Should students be allowed to use computers and tablets in classes?
they should allow. Here are some reasons why:
ØStudents are technology natives.
Using technology is second nature to students. They have grown up with it and
incorporate it into almost every aspect of their lives. Notebooks, tablets and
cellphones are all technology that students are accustomed to and can use as
ancillary learning aids. They should not lose access to potential learning
tools that have known benefits in a classroom.
ØStudents use e-books.
Many students are purchasing digital editions of textbooks instead of
traditional printed copies for a variety of reasons, including cost efficiency,
ease of accessibility, and environmental friendliness. E-books are typically
accessed through a student’s personal device, such as a notebook, tablet or
cellphone. Students should have access to them to look up information during
ØStudents want streamlined organization.
Personal technology devices have a range of features that can aid students with
organization, such as note-taking applications, calendars and virtual sticky
notes. These help students stay more organized by keeping all of their
information centralized and connected between devices. Users can find what
works for them and tailor their devices to help them perform more effectively.
ØStudents need access to supplemental information.
Mobile devices give students Internet access. Although it can be used
inappropriately by some (such as to check Facebook or Twitter), students often
use the Net to find more information about a topic being discussed in class.
Not only can students use their personal devices to find extra data on their
own, but professors can provide additional information that is easily
accessible to their students.
ØStudents can prepare for work in the field.
At the higher-education level, many students participate in field work as part
of their specific areas of study. Much of this work requires the use of
technology. For example, graphic design students may work on real projects that
require relevant applications that are accessed through their personal devices.
Learning how to use these apps in the classroom allows students will prepare
them for using them outside of it.