Technology Rich Schools

Jeff O'Connell


Technology in our schools classrooms has some advantages leaning towards giving the teacher less work and making it easier for a student to learn however overall it is not how a child should be taught to learn. When growing up, a kid should always learn to be self dependent. Children are supposed to learn how to write on paper and read from a hardcover book for a reason. To teach them they need to work hard to get the grades they deserve while also teaching them the curriculum at the same time.


The 21st century is trying to push technology into classrooms around the nation trying to make school more hi tech and easier to learn however do not take into consideration the downfall to the situation. What alot of people dont realize is that with technology in the classroom, the computer becomes the teacher. We all know computers are vulnerable to hackers, errors, and blackouts so why would we let our kids depend on an unpredictable object to lead them in education? Also, it's well known that staring at a tv, computer, or any type of screen for extended ammounts of time can damage your eyes. So although were making it easier to assign work and grade it were also damaging a vital organ in our own american youth.


According to studies done by a computer-vision-syndrome company, over 50% of people who use computers on the daily suffer from eye irritation after using their computers. Digging even further into the affects of extreme computer use is the disruption of sleep. As kids going to school full-time, SLEEP IS NECESSARY. “One of the most simple but important reasons technology affects our sleep is cognitive stimulation.”(Rosekind1) Using computers before bed causes the neurons in your brain to race and work just as fast as if you were still in a classroom taking a test, which is opposite of what should be happening the closer it gets to going to bed. Also the lights that come off the screens of computers and phones cause the retina in your eye to produce less melatonin then necessary to fall asleep. Anyone whos ever been in highschool knows how important a good night sleep is especially when it comes to finals.



After Reviewing the graphs and researching how technology affects people i was able to figure out that constant use of technology does have side affects that everyone needs to be ready to deal with. As a country we need to prepare for the fact that newer generations will experience a lack of sleep and weaker vision due to constant use of computers in school. Kids will also experience more difficulties in maintaining a higher gpa due to the lack of sleep and might also not even be able to pursue their dreams due to lack of vision.


When all of the facts about computers and technology in the classroom are looked at, we can conclude that although it may make life easier for the teacher, the students will be the ones suffering in the long run. Students, unlike teachers, have to go to school in order to start the path to doing what they want to do with their life but if a kid wants to be a pilot and becomes blind due to the extensive use of computers in school then we give the kid the mindset of "what was the point of going to school?" Teachers, on the other hand, make education their job and encourage turning your dreams into a reality but cannot fully do their job if the computers in the classroom are supposedly doing it for them. Technology may make assigning and grading work easier but many people focus on the tedious work rather than the main goal of education which is to teach the kids of the world to work for what they want and that if they are willing to work hard enough, that anything is possible. technology in the classroom destroys this major life lesson and simply just makes life easier for the teacher. Technology should be kept out of the classroom and kept in workplaces where needed so that our children can learn the concept of hard work and effort rather than everyone looking for the easy way out because in all reality, there is no easy way out of life.


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