Because students have started using their laptops during classes, professors are making a point to restrict the use of computers during class. The main reason for this is that professors believe that instead of taking notes, students will focus more on Facebook, Twitter, or spend their time playing computer games. They say that not only will the computers distract the student who’s surfing the web, but also distract other students around him or her.
Computers aren’t all that bad. Taking notes on a computer is actually beneficial in several ways compared to more archaic methods of note taking like paper and pen. If students were allowed to take notes on computers, they would be able to take notes faster more efficiently. We also wouldn’t have to spend as much money on school supplies. If students are taking four classes they’ll spend at least $20 on notebooks, paper, pens, pencils and highlighters. Taking notes on computers would also help reduce the carbon footprints of VSU students with fewer trees needing to be cut down to fill notebooks.
Besides if a student is serious about the class, they’ll be engaged in the discussion and lecture whether they have a computer or not. Similarly, if a student doesn’t want to pay attention in class, having a computer won’t change that. Yes, having computers in class may mean that instead of watching every second tick by on the clock or drawing caricatures of the professor or classmates, a student will be playing on Facebook.
The method of note-taking shouldn’t be the issue. The issue should be whether or not they are taking notes at all, but professors can’t force a student to take notes. Students pay for their classes and should be able to do what they want with the information. At the same time, students should respect the fact the professors are trying to teach them. They bring their experience and knowledge to the classroom and students should remember that. Students are paying to learn from the professors and should not waste that time whether it’s on Facebook or counting the ticks of the clock.
With the growing use of technology like computers, and the emerging of new technology like iPads and e-readers, professors will soon have to accept it in the classroom, especially for note taking. If professors are willing to let technology into their classrooms, students will also have to learn to accept that, just because you have a computer in front of you, you don’t have to be on Facebook.
This editorial was written by Amy Johstono (firstname.lastname@example.org) and it expresses the opinion of the entire editorial staff.