Facing the Facebook “Response”
I’ve realized technology is very helpful now days but in the classrooms it’s more distracting than anything else. As Michael J. Bugeja stated in “Facing the Facebook”, Academics assessing learning outcomes often discover that technology is as much a distraction in the classroom as a tool. I catch myself checking my phone in class every now and then but when I do I miss out on what the instructor is teaching. Technology is a great tool for us to learn and gather information but when you put technology in the classroom it becomes more distracting than helpful.
It isn’t rare to look around the classroom and see a few classmates on their cell phones, laptop or any other electronic device. Although instead of using technology to do research on the topic being discussed in class, most use it as a form of entertainment, which makes it hard to pay attention to the lecture being given by the instructor. As Bugeja’s essay tells the readers, “Increasingly, however, our networks are being used to entertain members of “The Facebook Generation” who text- message during class, talk on their cell phones during labs, and listen to iPods rather than guest speakers in the wireless lecture hall”. I’ve had my own personal experience where technology distracted me from learning and taking the proper notes for a test. Instead of paying attention to the instructor, I was texting a girl I had just met while the instructor was lecturing. That conversation made me miss out on the material that was going to be tested on. I ended up failing the test because I didn’t know what it was about.
Not only does technology distract students, I’ve also witnessed a lot of my classmates fail the entire course because they got caught cheating on a test using their cell phones. As Bugeja said, “Professors and librarians encounter improper use of technology by students, and some of those cases go to judiciary officials who enforce the student code.” Before taking any...
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