Technology in the Classroom

Technology is a growing concern when it comes to use in the classroom. Some teachers and students advocate for the use of smartphones and Chromebooks to facilitate learning, while others believe that technology may distract students from their learning. According to EdTech, 74 percent of educators support the use of technology in a classroom environment.

“Students are able to research topics more thoroughly, and technology gives students a mental break from the constant intake of information,” sophomore Anthony “Jake” Losada said.

Losada, a student in AP Seminar, uses a Chromebook to do his research.

“The Chromebooks are an easier platform to do school work on than on your phone, but some students might be distracted or not want to put away their phone or other technology,” Losada said.

Technology can act as a way for students to do their work online rather than writing all of it out on paper. Companies are creating new phones and computers that enable students to do school work on them.

“Technological use by the students should be encouraged,” Losada said. “We are entering an ever-advancing world of technology and teachers should facilitate learning through technology.”

Some students prefer to have their phones in their book bags, while others would rather have them on their desks in order to have ready access, whether it be for school work or a family emergency.

“I leave my phone out during class because sometimes we have to use it to check Google Classroom or use it for activities,” junior Bianca Cramer said.

Google Classroom is a program used by teachers and students as a means of communication and submission of assignments.

“The use of technology in my classes depends on the classroom and the teacher,” Losada said. “Some teachers encourage the use of technology such as your phone and others do not.”

Some students do not have computer access at home. The use of Google Classroom can be a struggle for these students.

“Pretty much everything is online these days so, it’s good that we get to use the Chromebooks and SMART boards at school,” freshman Jessie Luke said. “Some students don’t have computers at home that are working.”

Technology in the classroom has become much more prevalent with the installation of SMART boards and the availability of Chromebook carts and computer labs. According to The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, an estimated $56 billion per year is spent on technology in schools.

“I believe that technology in the classroom is inevitable and it should be embraced,” Losada said.