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The Impact of Computers in the Classroom

With the increase of the availability and applications of technology, the classroom is becoming more and more of an automated place. Students are able to access online tools to enhance their learning experience (using websites like Khan Academy) and teachers are able to quickly input students’ grades and attendance into online systems such as iPass.

Ashland Public Schools, for example, has a ratio of about two computers per student (“Massachusetts School and District Profiles”). In many schools, there is one laptop or device for every student to use in classroom activities and to take notes. This is helpful in the classroom setting because teachers are able to engage students in more activities to help them absorb information. However, many students at APS would agree that the amount of computers is sufficient, and there is no feeling of being cheated from the potential opportunities that other schools with a computer : student ratio of 1:1 have.

Many students are easily distracted by the glow of their computer screens and are able to access other, non-class related applications. Furthermore, countless studies have shown the benefits of taking notes by hand, as students are able to commit that information more readily to memory (Herbert). Handwriting notes contributed to “higher academic performance overall,” scientists found (Herbert). Students who mindlessly transcribed the lecture did not process or store the information nearly as well as the handwriting students.

Moreover, youths from all over the world where similar programs are in force are being faced with charges in stealing these devices, and “in 2008 . . . hundred of thousands of dollars [were] spent to replace equipment that went missing” (Snyder). Some students are not mature enough to maintain their laptops/devices. Hence, in schools where there are enough funds to give each student a computer, there should be a minimum age requirement of at least 10 or 11 years old. Schools would have to limit ownership to older and hopefully more mature students, or determine when students are mature enough to care for them. Another concern scientists have is the positive role handwriting plays in fine motor development, among other things, that would not be learned by just typing things into a computer (Bounds).

Teachers would have to get training in order to fix minor technical difficulties that frequently arise, even in AHS. Training would be essential because the time wasted having people fix minor technical glitches would cause the cost of the devices in time and manpower to outweigh the possible gains.

Additional pluses to surrounding students with as many computers as possible would be preparation for an increasingly automated workplace and college experience. It should be kept in mind that students still need to know how to function without computers, and just because there is a calculator that can add doesn’t mean that students do not need to know how to do arithmetic.

Works Cited
Bounds, Gwendolyn. “How Handwriting Trains the Brain.” How Handwriting Boosts the Brain. WSJ, 5 Oct. 2010. Web. 02 Nov. 2015.
Herbert, Wray. “Ink on Paper: Some Notes on Note Taking*.” Ink on Paper: Some Notes on Note Taking. Association for Psychological Science RSS, 28 Jan. 2014. Web. 02 Nov. 2015.
“Massachusetts School and District Profiles.” Technology (2013-14). N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Oct.  2 2015.
Snyder, Tamar. “How to Keep School Laptops Safe.” How to Keep School Laptops Safe |      Edutopia. Edutopia, 1 Apr. 2009. Web. 21 Oct. 2015.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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

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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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Account Delegation in Google Mail

Many student groups have their own email account which may be shared among officers. Unfortunately, this has problems the way it is done today. By sharing a username and password, account security is compromised, since the password needs to be easy enough for everybody to remember (and retired members would still have access). Also, multiple users accessing the same account may lead to a lockdown of the account. Account delegation solves these problems. Continue reading

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Using Panoramio for School

Google has designed a great product called Panoramio that works in conjunction with Google Earth. Google Earth is used to see maps of anywhere in world and with Panoramio you can get photos of any place on Earth.

 

This product would be great for schools because you don’t need to take field trips across the world to see a monument. Panoramia can be implemented into a history class by using it to get pictures of battle grounds or other historical places around the world easily. Panoramia could also be used in a science class on ecology. You can use it to see a specific rain forest or desert and then take notes on the features of each. You get a real photo, in great detail, of anywhere you want. No more tiny textbook photos.

 

Using Panoramio is easy and quick, so even the most technology-handicapped teacher can use it. Simply go to the Panoramio website and type in the location you want to see in the text box at the top of the page. You get a map on the right showing the location and where eat picture was taken, and a list of each picture on the left. You can view the pictures in the categories Popular, Recent, Places, and Indoors.

 

Overall this product is a simple tool that can help teachers explore the world with their students through pictures.

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Google Books

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Google Books which used to be known as Google Print is product by Google  which helps users find books and magazines which have been scanned by Google and put on their database. This feature provided by Google can help users and especially students to easily  search for particular books they’re searching for, for class or just reading for fun. Finding books have never been this easy.

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 1.02.15 PMThis feature can be used by a everyday high school or college. Teacher’s can assign books and you can go to Google books and read that particular book from there. Annotating and highlighting has never been easier, as you read and you want to highlight key points in the book you can easily do that in Google books.  Teacher’s and students don’t now have to worry about making sure their book is in their bag, you can just have it on your phone, tablet or computer. Let’s say you forget your book at school, at home you can just search for that book and read it. Google book gives you a feature of having a library, so if you want to go back and read a book or just save it for that final test, you can just go back to your library find that book and read it.

unnamedGoogle book are not only for story books, they also store text books. So if you are a history student you can find the textbook you are looking for on Google books.  As you read this you might be thinking about copyright laws. Google don’t scan books without the permission of the author or publishing company and also google insures no one just copies that book and sells it. Schools can use this feature instead of wasting money buying books which can get damaged and later to replace it with more money been wated, but with google books it’s all in a safe database.

Google_books_screenshotIn conclusion schools should use this feature since we are in a world which is revolving around technology and also it saves the school money, makes teaching easier and reading books whiles note taking also easy.

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A post about Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a free and easy to use search engine provided by Google that allows the use to search the web much like a normal Google search. The difference is that Google scholar only goes througe academic papers such as research papers. The product also helps search by date and has other features to help students when working.Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 7.45.35 AM

Google Scholar allows a student to not only search througe academic paper and the like, but it also gives a citation with each link making it easier for students to use more resources  if they have trouble with citation.  This would no doubt also help teachers as it would make bibliographies be cleaner and nicer. Google scholar also gives links to download a PDF of a page right next to the pages link.  This could be helpful to teachers as it would make it easy to find and print documents the class could be assigned to read. Search results can be sorted by date or by relevance to you search.  One can also use Google Scholar to search througe case law , which would be helpful to any modern american history course or any class involving laws.

A Google Scholar search for cows
A Google Scholar search for cows

Over all Google Scholar could be implemented into a variety of classes and provide a good benefit to all of them. For English courses, this could be used in essays and papers to help find good resources and create a bibliography easily. Science courses could use Google Scholar to help with research papers like English. History courses could also benefit using Google Scholar in paper and studying for the class, especially if its a class involving a lot of law. Overall, Google Scholar could be a useful tool for many classrooms if implemented.

 

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How I Learned to Program

I chose a different pathway than others while learning how to code. I started out researching the basics of any coding language. Once I got a grasp of that, I started to read about Apple’s new language of Swift. After that, I started doing random tutorials online. Working in Xcode with no experience and little to no knowledge of how the language worked, it was a mess. Later on, when I finally had no idea what I was doing, I finally got a book on Swift. I followed the book, going chapter by chapter and following along in Xcode too. After a few weeks of that, I made the decision to make an application. While programing the app, I had Doug’s help. Doug taught me the language as he helped me program. Working with someone else was an easier way to learn because they have a better understanding and a different perspective on coding. Continue reading

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