by Nataly Arzate
“ If we teach today as we taught yesterday, then we rob our children of tomorrow,” John Dewey said. Students now have technology in their reach during class. This technology has come in the form as Chromebooks, and these Chromebooks help students to complete their homework or even turn in assignments, but does technology really help us or does it limit us?
Everywhere you look there is at least one piece of technology in someone's hand or in billboards. Technology is part of our lives and influences the choices we may make. The way how we decide to use technology is not the devices fault. We choose to use it however we want.
“With the world’s human population now at seven billion and growing, and the demand for technology and modern conveniences increasing, we can’t control all our negative impacts. But we have to find better ways to live within the limits nature and its cycles impose,” David Suzuki said.
Technology can impact our lives in various ways and provide a gateway to the future.
Now schools are allowing students to use phones and Chromebooks in class, but how do students use the technology given to them?
“ I believe it's a great concept and our classrooms should be advancing throughout time, but our society needs to grow up too,” Bryan Dang, a sophomore, said.
“I think that the use of technology is a great idea because it allows us to use many recourses when in class, unlike other schools which have to use power points or provided websites. I use tech to check what assignments are due, do research for upcoming projects, and communicate with my classmates,” Brandon Palma, a freshman, said
With technology at our disposable, it allows students to find resources they normally wouldn’t find in a textbook. With society growing rapidly with technology our schools need to advance as well.
Even though technology in classes is a great idea it either causes students to use it as a distraction or as a resource. Some argue that technology is not something students can handle because they get distracted but then again it helps students with their classes.
“In some cases, students do use their technology responsibly and it is a great tool when used properly. But personally, I feel like most of the time students don't use their technology responsibly,” Bryan said.
“Some may get distracted and some may not, some will do work and others will search the internet,” Nathaniel Zamudio, a freshman, said.
There is a mixture of views when it comes to this question. Students may or may not get distracted.
Technology has been brought into schools because it can help students but has it helped students? Is the old fashion textbook better than a Chromebook when it comes to helping students comprehend a subject?
“In some cases, students do use their technology responsibly and it is a great tool when used properly. In other cases, technology takes away from their learning experience,” Bryan said.
“It helps the students learn things better because they get to work on things as the teacher does them, if the teacher doesn't make things very clear, the students can look up what that need to know,” Brandon said.
Technology can take away some of the learning experience and possible stop relationships from forming but it can also clarify and help students when the teacher isn’t present or can not clarify something for them directly.
In conclusion, technology has provided a big gateway to the future, and now that students have it in their reach it can truly help them succeed in life as long as they use it responsibly.
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