Pros and Cons of Computer Technology in the Classroom
Author: Kathleen Patrice Gulley
University: California State University, Sacramento
Course: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies EDLP 225 :: Advanced Seminar: Ethical Decision Making
Instructor: Dr. Rosemary Papalewis
Term: Spring 2003
The world is constantly changing and ways in which we function at home, work and school are also changing. The speed at which technology has developed plays a major role in these changes. From e-mail to on-line classes, computers are definitely influential in our lives, and can enhance the learning process in schools in various ways. With the increasing popularity of computer ...view middle of the document...
3). Teachers do not have the time to repeat lessons over and over again. The writer believes it is important to give all students in the classroom the opportunity to adequately learn the lessons, and with computers acting as tutors they can.
One of the biggest problems in the world today is illiteracy. Each year thousands of students graduate from high school reading at the elementary school level, or not reading at all. Every student should have the opportunity to receive additional assistance when they need it. Teachers are doing the best they can with literacy issues in the classroom, and computers can reach the students that the teachers cannot. The article entitled “Computers as Tutors” discusses Annaben Thomas (Bennett, 1999) who was unable to read despite her years in the New York City school system. After leaving school, she was taught by tutors and had enrolled in library literacy programs and adult education classes trying to overcome her handicap. After doing everything she still had not learned to read, until she enrolled in a computer course program that taught her to read and write. Because of success stories like this it is crucial to support the use of computer technology in the classroom.
Although the advantages of having computer technology in classrooms outweigh the disadvantages, the writer can respect the concerns of the people who are against computer technology in the classroom. Many people argue the computer does all the work for the students, not allowing them the opportunity to digest what they have learned. Boyle (1998) argues that information technology “may actually be making us stupid.” (p. 618). He argues that the computer takes more of the thinking process out of students.
Many people who grew up in the pre-computer age worry that the use of computers will take the emotion and heart out of the classroom. Wehrle (1998) states “the pre-computer age generation envisions designing computer technologies that still take into account the emotional needs of the students” (p.5). Their main argument against computers in the classroom is that teachers need to take into account...