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Computers perform a number of beneficial tasks for students.  Students rely on them to learn how to type, create essay papers and reports, participate in educational games, or make presentations.  On the other hand, on behalf of many college professors who like teaching, computers that are brought into their classrooms by students can become distracting.  Laptops are continuing to increase in popularity; it comes to no surprise that too many students use them to surf the Internet, exchange e-mail messeges, or play Internet games during classtime.

*Pros

One advantage of computers in classrooms involves note-taking. Students use them to type down information given by their instructors.  Students can simply turn on their computers, open a word processor program, and begin typing facts that will be useful for future exams.  Some students may have trouble reading their own handwriting; they prefer notes that are printed from their own computers.  Note takers typing during lectures will be able to assist students who are handicapped. 

Often, students are required to provide visual presentations.  Students count on programs like Microsoft's PowerPoint to let their audience see their shows.  Students who are comfortable using their computers for their slide shows can do so by hooking them to large classroom television screens.

In grade school and secondary school, computers can be used for playing games that are deemed educational for children.  Teachers usually encourage their students to participate in a variety of PC games that correlate lessons in areas such as arithmetic, problem solving, history, or language arts.  Computer games that are kid friendly and educational should keep children busy, learning, and having fun at the same time.

*Cons

Teachers and professors may not always be aware of this, but there are times when students who don't pay attention in class because of computers.  Usually when they become bored, students log onto the Internet, just for the sake of recreation.  They could surf the Web to check entertainment news, watch streaming videos, or play online games.  Students think they can get away by spending the rest of classtime visiting websites like Youtube.  But they shouldn't be surprised if they get caught in the act by their teachers.      

Another disadvantage of computers in classrooms is that they are targets for communication.  Students can use them to e-mail their friends, probably asking questions such as, "This class is boring" or "What are you doing tonight?"  Social networking can hamper them, too, especially Facebook and Twitter.  Once students are caught using the sites by their instructors, they may lose privilege bringing computers to class. 

It's almost impossible to not see a computer in a classroom nowadays.  Computers that are in classrooms should be used for educational purposes only.  School is a place where students learn.  They shouldn't cover that procedure by constantly getting involved with social networking on computers.                 

 

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