Technology in Classrooms: One Laptop per Child-A Failed Idea?
Is the use of technology benefiting the students in classrooms today or is it taking away from their education? Should students be allowed to have easy access to a computer during a lecture to find relevant information or is it a distraction that puts their attention onto something completely off subject? It has certainly been argued both ways. As technology becomes more prominent in everyday life, the global world changes at the same time. Third world, developing countries have begun to see this change, and are starting to accept it. One proposed start-up for introducing technology into the classrooms of these countries was the One Laptop per Child, a nonprofit organization that aims to provide laptops for the children of developing countries (“One Laptop per Child”).
Technology has certainly changed education, Thierry Karsenti, a faculty member of a Montreal school, asserts the use of laptops and technology in school classrooms allows for academic success. He claims that by using computers concentration and motivation has increased as well as a way of successful teaching students important and valuable computer skills (in “Laptops in school classes improve scores”). Robert Maninger speaks on the behalf of students saying that they are more eager to integrate the use of computers into school because they are motivated to learn from it, they typically already know how to use one before starting school, and they are more likely to learn and understand the importance of technology which will help them with any future academic and employment opportunities. Maninger claims that students have shown great excitement and are very curious in the classrooms with the introduction of computers. He said that teachers are seeing less and less absenteeism and behavioral issues through this technological learning style (Maninger). The use of technology is becoming more, and more valuable, as we get older and get busier, the use of computers help manage our everyday, somewhat complicated lives no matter if we are in the classroom or not.
While some strongly agree that computers are a good thing and should be used in every school classroom, there are also those who disagree by providing reasons why computers will not help in educating students. Paul Lam reported that both teachers and students worry that computers in the classroom will be very distracting. Students agreed, saying that computers would take their attention away from what their teacher was saying. Teachers noticed that when computers were allowed during class time, students weren’t looking up, and they would smile at the computer screen, or be typing during inappropriate times (Lam). Yes, computers are useful, but they take attention away from important lectures and class time.
It’s important for these third world countries such as India, Peru, Kenya, and Afghanistan to continue to grow with this global change. Technology is being used more, and more, and it can be very helpful improving education especially in these countries. Even though they are at different stages of developing, as the world moves forward in development, countries to be ready to incorporate those changes. Technology is a new and very big change, it is one change, but a very important one to learn. As we grow to use it more, and more everyday, it is becoming essential to not only have access to it, but to also know how to effectively and efficiently use it. Everyone, everywhere can benefit it; sometimes it just takes time to figure out the best way. Integrating technology is an issue all on it’s own. Countries may want to have the ability to access technology, and Western cultures may want to push the use of technology, but it’s not always that easy.
Technology has quickly taken over the world that we live in, we use it everyday, everywhere. The program, One Laptop per Child was designed to send low-cost, specially designed laptops...
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