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Should laptops be banned for taking notes in school?

  • If it's not broken, Don't fix it.

    As far as grade-school and high-school are concerned, Teachers compete enough for their students attention as far as cell phones, IPads and smart-watches. Pencil and paper is more than enough to get you to college / university.

    I don't want to impede progress, But inviting google, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram into the classroom is a bad idea. Learning to take notes and write down the important things is a necessary skill. And sorry if your hand cramps, But it's not gonna kill you.

    I appreciate the desire to make things easier, But lets make sure we don't make them TOO easy.

  • It depends on the school, Though laptops are not good for taking notes.

    In the case of preparatory or private schools, The culture surrounding school in general might be different from what you might see at a public institution. You might have significantly fewer students that value short-term gratification (i. E. Checking twitter or Instagram) over long-term benefits (i. E. Taking good notes) at a college prep school as opposed to a public school, For example. If there was a way for schools to check how many students get off task during school/how much time they spend off task (maybe through checking search history), Then I suppose they could answer the debate question above for themselves or respond accordingly.

    In general, Though, Laptops are not useful note-taking tools in school. Not only do they offer a crutch for students that lack good handwriting, Giving them an incentive to keep their style the same, But they also make it easier to take poor notes as students can more effectively copy what the instructor is saying as opposed to simplifying it on paper. Plus, It is also more difficult to use helpful note-taking methods such as the Cornell method or the mapping method, Which require diagrams and specific setups that take much more time to create on a computer.

  • It depends on the school, Though laptops are not good for taking notes.

    In the case of preparatory or private schools, The culture surrounding school in general might be different from what you might see at a public institution. You might have significantly fewer students that value short-term gratification (i. E. Checking twitter or Instagram) over long-term benefits (i. E. Taking good notes) at a college prep school as opposed to a public school, For example. If there was a way for schools to check how many students get off task during school/how much time they spend off task (maybe through checking search history), Then I suppose they could answer the debate question above for themselves or respond accordingly.

    In general, Though, Laptops are not useful note-taking tools in school. Not only do they offer a crutch for students that lack good handwriting, Giving them an incentive to keep their style the same, But they also make it easier to take poor notes as students can more effectively copy what the instructor is saying as opposed to simplifying it on paper. Plus, It is also more difficult to use helpful note-taking methods such as the Cornell method or the mapping method, Which require diagrams and specific setups that take much more time to create on a computer.

  • No they shouldn't I guess

    So laptops for taking notes as long as thats all they are using them for then there should be no problem with that. They can also use them for research and fact checking. Taking notes can take longer if its with pencil and paper than with typing. They also get typing skills from it.

  • Laptops are one of the most useful tools in school

    I am in university and many times, The lecturer goes insanely fast through their powerpoints and the best thing that students with notepads can do is sit and listen because if they tried to copy down the notes, They would lose crucial information given by the teacher. Many students have resorted to pulling up the powerpoints on their laptops or tablets and taking notes directly on their. This way they get all the information they need and can also take down the smaller details that the lecturer gives out in class. In any case though, It shouldn't be up to someone else to tell you what you should do. It's your education and everyone learns differently.

  • They help grandly and encourage paper preservance!

    Computers are very helpful for many different aspects when it comes to school. Taking notes is an example of the laptop usage that helps reduce stress and hand pain that many students tend to encounter when dealing with the old fashioned regimen. It helps the learning audience, To focus on the critical topics, And aids the learners to have a lower chance of loosing notes and will be more protected as they are registered in a safe space. However, Too much time on screens can also lead to eyesight, Mental health and sleep issues so the laptop times should only be used when it is recommended and thoroughly needed.

  • I see no problem

    Er im a bit confused what the question actually means? Taken at face value it seems to be asking whether taking notes using a laptop should be stopped and all notes must be taken on pen and paper?
    Er if this is so then I simply have to answer "What difference does it make? " Providing the notes aren't written on the desk or walls (or each other! ) does it REALLY matter? What next? Should notes only be written in a certain colour or typeface? Or only in joined up?
    Sorry but. . . …….

  • Not everyone plays games or wastes time

    It gets very hard to write notes with mechanical pencil for long periods of time. Typing is quicker and with a stylus and touch screen you can draw diagrams and draw illustrations.
    The overachievers have the slide and record audio and write notes at the same time.
    Get in the 21st century or get left behind.
    Most professors even want students to have laptops and to use them.

  • Expensive, Slow, And bad for the earth

    My opinion is that typing is much faster than writing and they are expensive, Think about it, So much paper, This could add up against the school years and cost lots of money! And so much paper can be bad for the earth by wasting trees! Note-writing for out earth. . . Not worth it

  • It adds strain

    - Some have sloppy handwriting, So they might not be able to read the notes if it were handwritten
    - Less time to write things down, So some may miss some crucial info
    - Hand cramps. Every. Time.

    Although laptops can cause a distraction over students being on Twitter, I don't think that we should ban students from using them to take notes.


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