Technology in Class: Harming or Helping?

How many times do you look up in class and see your classmates using their phones? Or even finding yourself halfway down you Twitter or Instagram feed while the professor is talking. These habits most likely originated in high school and sadly enough are now starting in elementary schools.

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Twenty first century parents now buy their children smart phones for safety purposes which result in just the opposite of the purpose; young children creating social media accounts. A study recorded in an Education Week article found that “By the time they enter high school, 51 percent of all students are carrying a smartphone to school with them every day” and “Nearly a quarter of all students in K-12, overall, are doing so, while 8 percent of students in grades 3-5 are bringing a smartphone to school.” Parents are not fully responsible for this problem because early exposure to technology is now a large part of American culture. In todays society when an individual does not have an IPhone it is considered outside the norm. The students in the elementary grade levels will have greater effects on their attentiveness in the classroom because their brain development is advancing much faster at a young age and the addiction to a screen can have heavy implications on a child’s development. A young child’s mind is constantly reeling especially when they are thinking about what is happening on Twitter, Instagram, or even itching to check their text messages. This is a huge distraction in student’s learning, leading to a lack of attention in the classroom and ultimately resulting in lower grades and poor work habits. Poor work habits are the building blocks to your college life and in your career after college.

Students from the University of Illinois created a video focusing on the usage of technology in class. Students and faculty were interviewed about the problems with using technology, focusing on laptops, in the classroom at a college level. One professor explains how students will be on Facebook or other social media sites and as soon as he passes them they will click back to lecture notes. Students even admitted in the classes where they are permitted laptops, students will not be focused on the lecture and will check their own email or play video games. This problem is not improving the students knowledge and is making the purpose of the professors job useless.

Early habits of constantly using technology in the classroom leads to bad habits in the future. Attentive and hard working employees are always the most successful within their field. If early exposure to technology continues to lead our future generations to be lazy, inattentive, and unproductive we have a dark future of less successful employees. Unproductive habits and attitudes will cause in a Domino effect and cause our country to become lazy in other aspects of life, resulting in a weak country as a whole. Banning the use of technology in the classroom will have positive effects on attentiveness and work ethic and create stronger people who make a strong and unified country.

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