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Computers in the Classroom

Today, technology is being used for a huge variety of functions in the classroom. From all grades to all subjects, computers have impacted the ways students learn and interact with assignments.

Schools are starting to integrate not just computers, but other devices such as tablets, smart boards, and smartphones. All of these devices bring their own contribution to the school environment. Computers themselves have revolutionized the way students tackle research projects, essays, and presentations. With only a few words, students can find millions of resources on any topic in the world through Google. This makes research a thousand times quicker and easier than finding and reading through books. The same efficiency is also true for writing papers and presentations. These programs make assignments neater than hand written papers, and do not require bulky, expensive poster boards. Newer devices only enhance these experiences. Tables and smartphones allow for students to research at their own desks and use educational apps for learning. Smart boards and projectors enable teachers and students alike to easily give presentations to the class all from one device. There are many programs that schools use to help teach and organize their school. Ashland High School for example has a program called iPass, where teachers can post progress reports and grades. This is helpful for both the student, so they make sure they are on track for their goals. And also it’s helpful for parents, so they can always see their children’s grades to make sure they are doing well in school.

However, just because of all the efficient technology, there are still many problems with the system. The most obvious and addressed problem is cheating that can come from the internet. With endless websites and the ability to copy and paste someone else’s work with just a few clicks, plagiarism is increasing in frequency. Technology also always has the potential to break or stop working, which can cause panic and stress at home when assignments need to be done, or a loss of work time in school. Programs like iPass can also add stress to students when they are constantly checking their grades, causing them to worry over every bad grade or unposted assignment.

In my opinion, I feel that overall computers and technology have revolutionized schools for the better. I believe that it is important for children to be introduced to computers in a school environment at a young age and throughout college because technology is the future. Despite this, I still do feel like the integration of technology still is not perfect. Many teachers are not educated in simple computer functions, and thus make the efficiency of computers counterproductive. Computers also are making many students more lazy, as they are developing sloppy handwriting, poor spelling, and the neglection of reading books. To make the problem even more annoying, teachers sometimes try to make researching “harder” by making students to use book sources and ignoring wikipedia purely because they feel that researching sources online is too easy. In contrast, education institutes are trying to use technology too much by for example, making tests online. While this seems like a good idea on paper, they do not realize how many students can not concentrate well on computer screens, myself included, and how much students prefer simple paper tests without a hundred fancy tools and question types. In conclusion, I think once a balance of technology and paper has been reached, computers will truly stand out to be essential for making learning and working easier than ever.

http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech176.shtml

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Computer uses in classroom

Computers are very useful in the classroom. Children are always on the computers these days trying to research and get stuff done. Teachers depend on computers for everything and expect the children to use them so having them in the classroom is really helpful to children who don’t have access anywhere else. Children love computers and will like being in the class more if they know they can access them for help.

There are props to the teachers for letting them on the computers. The children are more focused on work rather than complaining and fooling around. They think that they can get all the information in the world on the computer and like being able to find it faster and easier than in a book. Children also like to use the computer for typing because they don’t have good hand writing and can make sure they are spelling the words correctly. The teachers are able to provide more beneficial and engaging activities on the computer. Computers allow the children to become more independent in a way and advance their knowledge on using computers and using them in an appropriate manner for school. Computers are one of the most helpful tools in the classroom. Students do not always use computers appropriately and take them for granted, for example, students will be taking notes or using the computer for a worksheet or something using class time but are found to be going on other sites doing other things or playing games. No matter how much teachers prevent it students always disobey and waste time playing games.

 

Resource:

http://study.com/academy/lesson/computers-in-the-classroom-benefits-disadvantages.html

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Impact of Computer use in the Classroom

In my opinion the use of computers in classroom is a good idea for middle schoolers through college students. I believe computer use should be limited for students that have not yet reached middle school so they are still able to learn without always relying on computers. That way the younger students can still develop their imagination and thoughts on their own without being attached to a screen all day. On the other side having younger students use computers does allow their brain more information they can learn and research about if they are interested in it.

           There are many pros to allowing younger students time to be on computers, tablets, or laptops.  It helps many younger kids to explore ideas of new things that interest them.  The ideas the look up on the Internet may lead them to real world discoveries. In giving tablets to the students in kindergarten that allows them to develop better motor skills and help they develop better hand-eye coordination.  Another pro to giving younger students computers is that those who struggle to socialize face-to-face would be able to experience and figure out how to socialize in the real world.

On the other side there are quite a few cons to giving young students computers, tablets, or laptops. Excessive use of computers can increase hyperactivity- attention difficulty- and can make it difficult to concentrate in school. Although it may lead to interesting new discoveries, it also may make the real world boring and no fun all because children would get attached to their devices.  Those students who struggle in initiating face-to-face skills would be help by talking to others online but it could make it even worse, by making that student dependent on device to talk to others. It could harm their chances of making it easier because they would have only been using a device to talk.

Overall, there are many pros and cons to giving younger students computers, laptops, or tablets.  I believe that there is such a thing as “how young is to young”. I think that tablets should be in limited use in the elementary schools but not give the kindergarten or preschoolers any tablets. The need to be able to grow and explore the world on their own, without the help or use of a tablet. The limitation in the elementary schools is so the children still explore the world without the device stuck to their side, or them stuck inside. Children need to learn common sense and figure it out by themselves without electronic devices.

 

 

 

 

 

Resources:

http://www.emergingedtech.com/2012/06/pros-and-cons-of-digital-devices-in-the-hands-of-young-students/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/infographic-children-device-usage_55e75054e4b0b7a9633b6a7f



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The Influence of Computers in Education

Computers have become a very important part of our everyday lives, we can find them in our pockets, our bags and even in our kitchen. But the most important place computers have really helped is in the classroom.

Computers allow students to perform good research and also communicate with different education providers. This help students understand the topic better by experiencing different forms of teaching. Computers also help teachers in tutoring  students. Teachers can also communicate with students using the computer. Teachers can form a group chat and interact with the students, also teachers can post homework online, and all students have to do is just go online, answer those question and hit submit. This also saves paper, making us save more trees. When students get projects, computers help students perform extensive research which gives them a wide range of answers to solving that problem.

Computers also help teachers recording grades, calculate average and keep track of students to see if they are present or absent. Teachers also use computers to create presentations for the class and also find videos that can make that particular topic easier to understand. Computers also help the little children. Parents can download math, science, reading and grammar softwares on the computer and this helps your child develop basic educational skills for school, also the kid at move at his or her own pace without feeling rushed.

To every advantage there is a disadvantage but looks like the advantages of computers outweigh the disadvantages of having computers in the class room. People feel computers are distract students from studying, they feel instead of researching with your system, you are rather playing games or chatting with a friend or watching a video. But these problems can be solved by setting restrictions on that system, like blocking internet access to some websites and grant access to only educational websites. People who also grew up in a pre-computer age feel computers are killing the feeling of the classroom and making things too easy for the kids, but that’s the point of computers or technology in general, to make research, education and our daily lives better.

In conclusion, I belive computers revolutionize the way we study, they make education easier and faster. We can easily find information with just a touch of a button. And also be released to different sources which show us different ways to understand a particular topic, equation or idea. I believe computers have helped the education world in general.

 

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Computer Use in the Classroom

At the Ashland High School, Google has made a huge impact on school connectivity. For instance, every teacher and student is given a School Gmail account. This string of accounts makes it easier for teachers to update students on assignments, let students communicate with each other, and allow them to easily share their projects on Google Drive to get their peers’s opinion and feedback. When students don’t understand what they are learning about in school, computers provide for them articles, links and videos that help with learning about the topic. Many teachers also use applications such as Google Calendar and Google Classroom to keep themselves, as well as the students, organized.

Although computers may offer an endless amount of information and tools, it is important for students to remember that computers aren’t the only source of help to pass a class. For English, dictionaries provide hundreds of words that can help create a thorough and professional essay. For Math, Science, and History, students can never go wrong with reading the textbook to understand the concept. Even for Foreign Languages, English to French and English to Spanish dictionaries can help a person find the words needed to say and write sentences in that language. But most importantly, teachers offer the best advice and information to understand how to pass their class.

There are also some consequences to always having to rely on a computer for help. For instance, about  15% of papers are plagiarized. By knowing that others on the internet have answered an assignment question, students will often look towards their answer instead creating their own original and creative idea of how to approach an answer. Research has also shown that online learning for toddlers and infants isn’t as effective as the traditional way of learning with human interaction. If children depend on computers at such a young age for learning, they won’t understand that human interaction can offer lots of help as well. Overall, it is important for people to understand the difference between using computers for help and the constant need to depend on computers for everything because being to reliable on computers can negatively affect how capable they are on using their own intelligence to complete tasks.

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Computers in the Classroom

Computers add a lot to a modern class. They have many utilities that can be used for any number of different activities.  Applications on tablets can also enrich the experience of a class.  Being able to do something virtually that could otherwise not be done allows new activities to be part of a class. For example, if someone is disgusted by a dissection, a virtual dissection app may exist and can allow this person to experience the same dissection. Also, if there is any information that is not found in sources in a classroom or the library, a computer or tablet allows a student to find answers via the internet. The language department in Ashland High School also utilizes the computers’ recording functionality to let many people have a speaking test at once..

However, computer usage should be limited to necessity. If information can be found in sources within the classroom, those sources should be used instead of the internet. Otherwise, students will not know how to find information alone, but instead they will only know how to find information on the internet. Also, when finding information on a computer is needed, a student should know what websites are trustworthy, and which have potentially incorrect information. Also, if apps are used instead of class activities, people will not gain the full knowledge of the experience. A person is more likely to make their own discoveries doing a real dissection than a virtual one, for example. Using computers does not promote discovery and curiosity nearly as much as actual activity.

Computers, while useful in many cases, should not be a part of everyday classes. Students must learn to manage finding information without computers. Also, in order to promote people’s individuality and curiosity,  normal class activities should be continued separate from computers, including computers only when absolutely necessary. From a young age, people should be learning to complete tasks without assistance from computers.  Otherwise they will become computer dependent.

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Computers and Classes

Computers have had a positive effect on students in my opinion. I now many students with poor hand writing are now able to clearly type what they want. It can also be used as a resource to help people learn at there own rate. There are cons to computer use along with the positives. Computers cost a lot and can be underused which is why it might be better if computers where in computer labs as apposed to every student having one on them at all times. When deciding if the effects of computers are positive or negative we have to look at every aspect not just the ones I briefly went over.

There are a lot of pros and cons of computer use in the classroom. Computers are extremely helpful for communicating between students. This can be good for working on a project but not good when it is in the middle of class. Students also can get distracted online but online they can find resources that they would not have found other wise. If students are focused on the task and are willing to stay away from distracting sites then I do think that computers are a valuable asset to education. With a computer students are able to move faster in a course and learn and explore more of the subject which might make them want to pursue it later in college. Students are able to start on working with programs like chrome that are used after school in various settings.

Overall I think that the pros out way the  cons when it comes to computers in the classroom. Students are able to work on projects with others when ever they need (not just at school). They are able to move faster in the subject on their own which helps them to decide on a possible future career. Students are able to access things they never where able to before. Teachers are able to find resources that explain what they have been having trouble with. In short, computers and other technologies, that are controlled, help teachers and students more then they hurt them.

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Coding with Google Code

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Google Code is Way for students and professionals to learn explore and create with code. On google developers a part of google code you are able to view the documentation, resources, events and products of all google developers. On Project hosting, another part of code you can view and explore work in Python, Java, C++, PHP, JavaScript, AJAX, MySQL, Flash, Django, Rails, DotNet, jQuery, Web, PlugIn, Game, Database, Google, Android, AppEngine, and GWT. And finally Google offers courses in Google code for all of those languages and platforms.

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Google has given students a resource to help them code with google code. Students just have to search the language they want to learn in order to find lessons. After they do this the can explore that coding languages lessons and projects. Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 8.01.52 AMScreen Shot 2015-09-24 at 11.38.54 AM

Google Code can be used by both students and professionals to help expand there knowledge of code. Weather it be threw learning a language or exploring what others are doing with said language. With google code people can choose from almost any code imaginable. If you want to go to google code and explore go to https://code.google.com/.

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Google Scribe

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Google Scribe is a product launched by google that provides text completion service. Using information from what you have already typed in a document, Google Scribe provides related word or phrase completion suggestions. In addition to saving keystrokes, Google Scribe’s suggestions indicate correct or popular phrases to use.

google-scribe-exampleThis addition to Google should allow for high school students that struggle to type essays, projects, or any writing piece quickly in school. This feature also helps students out with their grammar, and spelling of many words, whereas without this feature there would be many mistakes. In our high school I know that there are a few kids who have limited language skills and this program would allow them to learn, while also taking notes, or doing their homework!

 Google Scribe could help students format their essays if they are confused at home and don’t want to contact their teacher for help. All students or teachers have to do is start typing and as they near the end of the sentence suggestions start to be made which teach all students and teachers correct grammar and spelling.

google-scribe-example-2In conclusion, this feature would improve our grammar, spelling, and overall students would learn the correct way to type any writing piece they may have. It is a simple easy way of improving our skill set in high school and later on for college.

 

 

 

Sources:

http://googleresearch.blogspot.com/2011/05/google-scribe-now-with-automatic-text_26.html

http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2010/09/google-scribe.html

 

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