We live in a world where education is not just a teacher standing at the front of a classroom spitting out facts while students scramble to scratch down all the key parts in their notebook. We live in a world where a teacher posts powerpoint slides and students sit on their computers and cell phones multi-tasking between lecture and their social lives. Is media technology hurting or helping our education system? As a current student living in a technologically advanced world I believe there are several pros and cons to how it effects education. For starters technology has opened up more opportunities for education. Students can get online degrees, take online classes, and collectively distribute and share ideas, beliefs, and knowledge. Teachers can easily distribute messages, information, and are easier to contact. However some of the downsides to technology mixed with education is that students are actually learning differently. They are distracted by their computers during lectures, plagiarism is at an all time high and students are not critically thinking through problems but instead are turing to the internet for help. If you are a student who is easily distracted by your mobile device or computer and can tell that it may be negatively effecting your schoolwork; try to take some steps in the right direction.
Tips to help beat the temptation to distract yourself during class:
- Turn off your cell phone completely
- Log out off all social media accounts if you are using your computer
- Force yourself to only keep the files, documents, webpages up that are relevant to the class that you are in
- If it is too hard for you to control yourself with a computer in front of you then take your notes by hand and print out any material or slides used in class before hand
Education is an expensive investment in yourself and future! Don’t waste it surfing the web.