More people are going to want laptops because you can have less books and will spend less time writing. More people will love your school, so I would suggest allowing students to have laptops. More people would rather have a laptop than to write.
Laptops are a great tool for students when it comes to learning. Combined with internet capability, they have nearly unlimited potential. Students can reference things they learn in class and answer their own questions with a simple internet search. The key is not to rely on laptops, since every kid won't be able to afford to have a laptop they can bring to school.
Laptops with Internet access would be of great help in a social studies class. They would help to research and look up things related to the subject matter of the class. Students may misuse the computer, but it can also be for the best, overall, if they take the time and energy to learn.
The Internet allows students to pull up articles related to lectures and improve class discussions. It can allow teachers to share information quickly. Laptops let students take accurate and easy to read notes that can be instrumental when studying for tests. However, the teacher must have a policy that students cannot browse websites unrelated to class, during class time. Therefore, this type of learning is best applied in a small classroom setting, where this type of policy could be enforced easily.
Laptops with internet access would help student to learn topics easily. It would help students to this?uss openly. Students and teachers can gain knowledge accurately with simple internet search key. But it should be the condition that student should not allowed to browsed unrelated material as this will create this?urbance.
I think it should be allow to bring the laptops to the social studies classes, because using the laptops means to be able to use internet during the classes. It gives you a lot of information and it encourages you to be more interested in the topic taking the classes. However, on the other hand, the teachers should pay attention to their students more carefully, because some students tend to be using the internet to research something unrelated to the classes. This situation makes your classes uncomfortable, like noisy or sounds like that, so if I'm a teacher, I have to be more careful and pay attention during the class. But anyway I agree with the opinion to permit the students to bring their laptops.
The computers are endless tools of knowledge, with that tool you are able to access countless other tools such as the internet. Many people of the older demographics or those lacking skills in technology, especially not having the knowledge of how to safely browse the web will place a biased view on using the internet as credible sources. There may be, or may not be paper saved as most teachers are knowledged with computers and may find their way around building a simple website for their class to host the daily tasks.
With a laptop or computer comes with software. Software such as office, which allows a student to type up a quick BCR. It allows the students to check spelling, and that's a whole other debate, allowing students to use SpellCheck. If you make frequent spelling or grammatical errors your teacher may not mark or notice, you will learn to correct those errors and prevent them. Thus creating a smarter student.
Another form of software would be learning applications provided from private online services. Programs such as CodeCademy for those in the technological majors in their schools. Even an educational game website could be accessed at the last ten minutes of class or so and done, just because they can! Students would be much more interested and attentive to the class or course if they were allowed technology in their daily education. Then again, that's an assumption.
Think of it this way parents or those that are no longer in high school or middle school. If you at work were forced to hand write every single thing, write a letter to your co-worker by hand in ink and had to hand it to the office mail boy, then wait until the next day or so to hear a response back (In this case would be the perfect analogy to doing an assignment [something a computer could grade, or check and give instant results then upload to your gradebook] and submitting it. Instead of doing the assignment and waiting up to a day to a week for the results.) Although, I can almost guarantee that if you were handed a computer and were told to fill out all the necessary forms you need to fill out by the days end. You would be much more willing and motivated than if you were told to fill it all out by hand.
With concerns to those parents that have spent money on their childs laptop that was provided by the school and placed limits on. The school could hire an IT department which would obviously create a new technical work force in that area for those looking for a job. What that IT department can do, is place filters on the network inside of the school. That means, if you are connected to the school internet or "wifi" you can't access Facebook, or Twitter if they don't allow it in their school policy which they could amend as they wish.
Students can research without leaving the classroom and the teacher can be there to watch over them so they don't get off topic. It will not take up space in the computer lab if another class wants to use it. The teacher can also easily give them new questions to research if they finish their assignment.
Well hey my name is Louise and I just paid $150 for my daughter's school laptop, and she comes home trying to go on Facebook and socialize with her father, and friends from different schools, but no it is blocked. I have contacted the school laptop headmaster and she said it was just for school. I get that, but I just paid money for it and I was going to pay more money like couple hundred dollars, but she wasn't even allowed to Skype her father! I want everything to be unblocked after school hours of 8:00 to 4:00 so she can Skype her father who is in Europe. I'm sorry that some parents are all tight and don't care, but for seven hours of school block all Facebook and social sites and then at 4:00 let them socialize with friends and family.
The world's already turning into a technology hub, we might as well speed up the process and allow technology in our schools, besides it does a lot more than distract, it allows students to do a lot more then just play games, it allows them to learn about our "New World" the technology age.
Half the time when a student is allowed to use their laptops in class, time is spent checking their Facebook, emails, blogs, and other hot topic news. Computers should stay home or in a separate classroom like the computer lab. Take a walk, get some exercise in the process.
The paper you think you are saving would be replaced with dead lithium ion batteries and legacy computer components full of toxic chemicals and metals, plus electricity isn't free and comes mostly from methods that are environmentaly unhealthy the quality of learning would be based on how much money mom and dad have. The rich kid with the new sony vaio would surely do better in clthan the poor kid with an 8 year old dell inspiron. So the school would have to provide the exact same notebook to each student to prevent an unfair advantage, the school would need to have it support for networking, a technician for the students since a malfunctioning machine means no learning till it's fixed. In addition they would need to police the students activities to an extent.
In school I get tired and bored of school, but my knowledge has grown each day and if we lower the school week to four day then the school is raking away our knowledge. Next, there is also the fact that the teachers get paid for what they do and if you do that then the teachers' pay will go down
If the laptops belong to the students, they may do what they wish. If, however, as at my school, the school district provides the laptops, these resources should be reallocated to the science and computation departments.