This year, Bullis has adopted a one-to-one system in which every student has a computer in the classroom to adapt to advancing technologies and efficient new ways of learning. But is one-to-one doing more harm than good? Facebook has the power to make one-to-one a catastrophe.
Computers are serving as a distraction in the classroom and diverting students’ attention as opposed to enhancing their learning.
Having laptops in the classroom allows for infinite learning possibilities including discussion posts, Haiku, blogging, videos, and basic note taking. But, are Facebook and other websites that feature sports and online shopping tempting students away from school-related activities?
Computers offer a unique dynamic in the classroom, but it’s not all perfect. It seems inevitable that students will doze off or be bored at some point during a class period. Normally, students are forced to pay attention during class because they have no other resources to entertain themselves with. But, Facebook and other websites are a quick and easy cure to boredom in the classroom.
“Most times I log on to Facebook out of curiosity for what is going on, but other times I log on simply because its there,” said an unnamed student. “It’s not that Facebook is the most interesting thing in the world, but sometimes it is tempting to long on simply because it is available.”
However, some teachers believe that having the power to go off task can teach students about discipline by controlling their impulses and staying engaged in class.
Economics teacher Tom Waugh believes the key to a successful classroom is using computers when they are necessary, but putting them away when it isn’t time to use it.
“I think its wonderful to have laptops in class. I think every student should have one, they are helpful. But I think students should have them closed for most of class because they are not able to control themselves to not want to go on Facebook, or do something else.”
It seems that Waugh has found what could be the most effective way of dealing with students who are easily distracted in class, which is eliminating the distraction. If teachers only allow students to be on computers when they are necessary, it could eliminate the distraction and temptation to visit websites not related to class.
Do computers in the classroom do more harm than good? Not necessarily. But, it seems obvious that Facebook and other distractions on the web can be detrimental.