How Laptops Can Be Useful for Interactive Learning in the Classroom
For many years, the state of the educational system has been a polarizing topic in America. Some believe that the current system---traditional classrooms, objective based learning, and standardized testing---is the best way to continue teaching K-12 students. In contrast, others believe that the educational system should transition into a more interactive learning style. More specifically, these advocators believe that classroom settings should have more technology and virtual learning styles so that students will be prepared for the world of tomorrow.
Times change and people change with them. Over the last two decades, there have been significant advances in technological innovations. Because of the creation of laptops, cellphones, tablets, and more, information is much more accessible to the average person. Today, the average person spends about 7 hours of their day using some form of media technology. (Communications Market Report) The statistics are even higher for children and teenagers, who spend about 53 hours using media technology a week. (Generation M2 Report) The excessive use of media technology can be attributed to anything from communicating on social networking cites to participating in tutorial sessions for classes. No matter the reason for using media technology, education officials have observed that the way young people learn has begun to change. For example, students (k-12) no longer have to read through encyclopedias to find out facts; instead they can simply search for facts on the Internet. Because of the change in learning, education officials have advocated for change in the traditional education curriculum. They want to move away from the traditional way of learning---books, paper, and pencils—to a more technological based curriculum.
In recent discussions of the inclusion of technology in the classroom, a controversial aspect has been its
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