The Effects Of Technology On The Classroom

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On any given day, teens in the United States spend about nine hours using technology, according to a recent report (Common Sense Media). This nine hours is more time than teenagers spend sleeping, completing homework, or interacting with family. In recent years, constant access to the internet and social networking sites has created an addiction- a reliance that today’s youth can’t navigate around. Simultaneous with the greater presence of technology is greater success in the classroom. Over the past decade, the number of students who pass AP exams every year has quintupled (Forbes). But when it comes to basic skills such as holding a conversation, students are falling short. If the same amount of energy being put into teaching BC…show more content…
The teachers who observed positive changes in students’ behavior gave credit to the education program, or some aspect of it, as contributing to the changes. Because of the pertinent lessons being taught in the classroom, the students were able and willing to apply what they learned at school to their daily lives. In the same way, if schools were to make communication curriculum a priority, there would be observable changes in the way students interact and carry themselves. This idea is shared by Sir Ken Robinson, New York Times bestselling author and emeritus professor of arts education at the University of Warwick. In his book Creative Schools, Robinson insists “The aims of education are to enable students to understand the world around them...so that they can become fulfilled individuals and active, compassionate citizens.” For most students, the classroom is the only place that kids will have the opportunity to learn the necessary skills that they need in order to thrive. With such a great role in teenagers’ lives, schools carry the responsibility of producing the successful citizens that Robinson is referring to. This being said, high school programs should include communication education given their significant impact on students’ behaviors and lives.
The use of technology has diminished students’ communication skills. This is seen first hand by Paul Barnwell, high school teacher and writer for The Atlantic.
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