631 Computers in Class
Tom and Martin debate whether computers should be used in class.
Tom: Do you have computers in your classroom?
Martin: No and I wish we did I think it would help out a lot of the teachers and a lot of the students to have more of an interactive experience and be able to research things as teachers are talking. What do you think Tom?
Tom: I'm surprised that you want them. I think they're a terrible idea. I think they distract students they mean that the point of the lesson is lost that the teacher loses their control over where the class should go. I think it's ridiculous this drive to get computers absolutely everywhere.
Martin: Oh but don't you think it adds to giving a hands-on-experience especially with accounting or other business related applications that if the teacher is expressing it, if you don't have a computer you can't really have a hands-on experience and a lot of the lesson might be lost without actually doing it in the classroom and being able to check your work.
Tom: A lot of what you say is correct but I don't think you need to do it in the classroom. You can do all of that stuff at home and I think a computer is a very personal and individual activity. I'm not sure it's suitable for a classroom.
Martin: I still think though hat it adds a lot to it and that they're able to express themselves and utilize the information that is expressed in the classroom then and there and they know they understand it versus if they go home and use it in a more personalized context.
Having computers in the classroom will definitely distract
Something that 'distracts' you attracts your attention and makes it difficult to focus on what you should be focusing on. Notice the following:
- Are you trying to distract me?
- I haven't gotten much work done today, because I've been
drive to get
I think this drive to get computers absolutely everywhere
When there is a 'drive to get' something, it means that there is pressure to buy it or have it. Notice the following:
- Living in the city, there is a huge drive to get the
- I don't understand the drive to get these things that
you don't need.
On the other hand, computers can provide
hands-on-experience during the class.
If you learn through a 'hands-on-experience,' you learn by actually doing something, instead of just reading about it. Notice the following:
- The idea of this museum is to make science a
hands-on-experience for students.
- My teacher things that the best way to learn is through
Students will be able to utilize the information they get
from the classrooms immediately.
When you 'utilize' something, you use it or make use of it. Notice the following:
- Now you have the information, and you can utilize it
however you want.
- At the beginning of this class we will help students
learn how to utilize the resources.
Some people think the use of computers is limited to more
personalized context only.
The 'context' where you use something is the circumstances in which you use it. Here, it is talking about using computers in a school setting compared to using them alone. Notice the following:
- I can't really answer your question until I understand
the context of the situation.
- One important thing to consider when making a product is
how it will function in different context.