Essay On Distinction Between Computer Self-Efficacy Of Pupils And Teachers

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Computers are used pretty much for everything these days, and schools don’t fall behind, as different computer devices are of great help to the school work and teachers in every classroom.
People already use computers for everything and pretty much the whole world around them is built with some kind of computer in use. For example, when family goes to eat at Burger King these days, there is this “smart” soda machine, with just one touch screen display and one button, they are able to create one of millions of variations of drink. On university campus, literally almost all students, visitors, there are playing on some kind of electronic device – IPad, smart phone, laptop, Kindle. The world has adapted to electronics for their daily-basis tasks.
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So, not only teachers have to know how to use computers, but also the kids. Most children, or the ones who have laptop, tablet or smart phone at home, come to school already prepared and have the knowledge of how to use mouse, keyboard and the tablet. It is a fact that most of the kids these days know how to work on computer more than their parents. Some of the middle and high school students are even introduced to the 3D modeling and gaming software, video and picture editing tools. The authors of the article “Distinctions Between Computer Self-Efficacy Of Pupils And Teachers In Elementary School." call the kids born into this technology digital natives, and the teachers – digital immigrants. It is also a fact that because of this knowledge of how to use computers, it is almost as required for every classroom now days to have an electronic device in it. Teachers are the people who need to learn more so they can catch up with their students (Topolovcan and Matijevic). There are devices like IPad and other tablets, where the screen is touch screen and kids just need to know which icon what it says so they can navigate through the …show more content…
There are tons of software developed to help kids in Kindergarten and 1st grade with reading, writing and math. Many companies develop software for little kids, where the content is colorful, fun and entertaining for the little guys. In some researchers opinion though, this kind of software is just distracting and numbing the children’s ability to learn on their own and develop their learning process (Kazanci and Zuhal). Kazanci and Zuhal, authors of article “Evaluating English Language Teaching Software For Kids: Education Or Entertainment Or Both?", made their research on eight main points - pointless, nonstandard, robotic, glib, static, disneyfied, flashy and empty. According to the data they collected the material used in the software wasn’t at all similar to the regular curriculum nor approved on 100% by the state, government or educational system. Also the software is created so the children will follow instructions and they won’t have to use any of their originality or some level of thinking. The activities are empty and the main purpose is so kids can just skim through it and just do whatever the computer tells them. Some other concerns are that software is created to just provide the answers to the readers but not challenge their ability to think and advance students understanding of

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