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What positive and negative effect does technology have on a student's development of learning? What positive and negative effect does technology have on a student's development of learning?

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One enormous effect that I have seen in the classroom, in terms of writing, is the decline of a student's ability to write using complete sentences and complete words. Using shorthand language developed for cellphones shows up in student writings and it drives me crazy. It's almost as if many of these kids believe that using a cellphone to communicate will be the only method of sharing information in the future, and everyone one will use "How r u?" 

I am also dismayed at how students see no point in using a dictionary, doing math by hand, or learning to spell words correctly. What happens,...

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I made an account just so I could write a response. I am a student in my final year of secondary school. Last year our school was using technology at an accepted based level. However, at the start of this year they suddenly told us on the first day that they would now use technology completely. No more writing pages of notes that we would study from later(thank goodness), no more printed worksheets(saving a lot of paper), not even an exercise book was needed if you wanted to type on word documents instead. 

But this amazing sounding idea has become a problem this year(Feb-Dec = school year) for many students. I see most of you are teachers, although you may understand, you do not know what it actually is like. I can try to explain the problem:

The year is 2015. At the moment, even oldest teenagers (such as me) had experienced using computers etc. technology since we were young(5-6 years old for me). Now this is just the oldest teenagers. The younger teenagers had technology such as we have today available since very little(even 2-3 years old). As children growing through puberty and 'teenhood', we did obviously not use computers for casually looking up all about a recent human ancestor found - that is not much of an interest for the regular teen. No... What we have used technology for ever since little, was for entertainment. Entertainment - movies, games, current social media and new surrounding celebrities, life hacks, random youtubers - all useless and much time-wasting activities. But nonetheless, for the last(minimum) 13 years of our lives we used it for that. 
Now suddenly, the school asks you to use technology (in school!) - such as laptops - to do class work. It is almost impossible. Consider this:
You walk into a class and see focused and hard-working students working on their class assignment using their/or school's laptops. But here is the trick. I dare you to walk to the back of the classroom, try to do it without attracting attention. What I see as I sit at the back, are distracted students. Half of my fellow classmates are watching films or trailers, another third are looking up social media and chatting across the classroom, and the very sole last few 'odd' people are actually working half-heartedly on their assignment like they are supposed to be.
This does not happen once in a while, and not in just one class. This happens ALL the time, in EVERY class. Teachers do not notice because they sit at the front, and by the time they (if they do so) walk to the back of the class, students have long closed or hid their screens.

You have provided free distraction with free wi-fi and 'free-time' for any student to use. No wonder school results are going down according to how often students use computers at school.

Another problem. Each student has a different style of learning. As teachers it should be your responsibility to use all methods of learning to teach a class. You have to teach them. Just like how a person who has never experienced being 18 years old, cannot somehow suddenly know how to act like one. You learn by watching the others around you, by copying what they do, and creating your own ideals accordingly. 
One of my classes went and told us to do homework workbook exercises during class, and listen to videos of the teacher teaching the topics at home? What would be the point of school then? Using internet at home is completely distracting, (facebook, everything else) and you expect us to create a small private classroom setting at HOME?

No I do not think that technology should be completely extracted from schools, however at the rate at which you expect students to use it with is at an extreme fast-forwarded pace. Sometimes too much technology is not necessarily the right course of action. Knowing how to use a computer is NOT the same as using how to teach or learn using one. That is what should be added to school curriculum - how to use computers to teach and learn from.  

rejoician72 | Student

I think technology in the classroom has its pros and cons.  First of all, we can't avoid it. To prepare students for the real word, they have to be computer literate at an early age.  We are teaching a generation of students on facebook, or texting, blogging, playing video games...technology is their world. In order to compete with that world, we need to bring it into the classroom.

Unfortunately, the mass use of technology has also contributed to a decrease in being able to problem solve on their own.  I taught 11th graders who couldn't look up a person's name in the encyclopedia, and wanted to know why they couldn't just "google" the person.  That is basic knowledge all children should know how to do.

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kestorey | Student

I will keep my answer simple. The biggest negative is the distraction that it provides in the classroom. I have a classroom set of laptops that I try to put into students hands everyday. They are savvy and know how to access chat features within seconds. Distraction is the biggest negative but can be managed by keeping the students engaged. The technology keeps students engaged when used appropriately. So, Engagement is the biggest positive. In addition, the technology prepares students for later in life. The insistence to continue to use paper and pencil is frustrating to me. The majority of my students who visit me from college thank me for pushing them to use technology and forcing them to do all of their work electronically. I use Google Docs heavily in my classroom and 90% of my work is submitted electronically.

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