Should Computers Be Allowed in the Classroom

2211 Words Nov 8th, 2010 9 Pages
Introduction
Today, professors at colleges all around the country are asking the same question. They are wondering whether laptops in the college classroom actually facilitates a student’s ability to learn or rather it distracts them from the lesson being taught. Laptops were originally considered to be "a small niche market" and were thought suitable mostly for specialized field applications such as the military, the Internal Revenue Service, accountants and sales representatives. But today, there are already more laptops than desktops in businesses, and laptops are becoming obligatory for student use and more popular for general use.
The conflict lies in that a majority of college professors believe that allowing students to use laptop
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* Ease of Access- Most laptops have doors on the underside that allow the user to access the memory, hard drive and other components, by simply flipping the laptop to access the doors. This makes laptop repair and troubleshooting far easier, and less expensive than most would think. * Low Power Consumption– A typical laptop uses 20-90 W, compared to 100-800 W for desktops. This could be particularly beneficial for colleges which run hundreds of personal computers, multiplying the potential savings. * Quiet– Laptops are often very quiet because they produce less heat and therefore require fewer and slower cooling fans making them less of a distraction in the classroom environment. * Battery– a charged laptop can run several hours in case of a power outage and is not affected by short power interruptions and brownouts. * All-in-One- designed to be portable, laptops have everything integrated in to the chassis.
Disadvantages:
* Cost- Even though laptops provide less performance than desktop computers, they tend to be far more expensive due to its more compact and complex design. * Performance- Laptops are not only significantly more expensive than desktop computers, but they do so at a lower performance level. Laptops as a result are disadvantaged when dealing with database, math, engineering, and financial software. * Upgradeability- Laptops have very few upgradeable components and are typically limited to the
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