The Benefits Of Digital Technology And Technology In The Classroom

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Students of this generation live in a technologically advanced world. As a society, we’ve been told time and time again how technology is evolving for the better; how much more efficient our society is now as a result. Moreover, with minimal time to reflect over this quicken pace lifestyle of how teaching is approached can affect individuals and how they learn today compared to ten years ago. With tablets, laptops, and cell phones, kids can discover the world in new ways with just a simple tap to a touch screen. The technology used today can be an escape from the seemingly stressful world people find themselves in. Digital technology brings social media and gaming apps to the front line of your attention allowing occasional breaks to sit back, …show more content…
Adults, teenagers, kids, and even now toddlers seem to be attached to electronic devices that have all the latest apps and games on them. Because there’s a high price on all of these electronic devices and the plans and apps that go with them, people end up focusing on the devices than focusing on what is right in front of them. This can be a huge problem in work areas and classrooms as social media can cause distractions leading a student away from the content being discussed in class. Without the proper amount of knowledge gained from lack of awareness, homework scores will decrease, test scores will deplete, and overall grade point averages will diminish. In an article written by Megan Landry titled The Effects of Social Media: Is It Hurting College Student? the question of, “Does frequency of using social media in class correlate with lower GPAs in college students?” surveys were sent out electronically to over 250 students of all varieties. Results came back just as expected, showing that student who have accessed social media sites during class often had lower grade point averages than students who never went on social media sites in class. These social media site were not only a distraction to the students utilizing them, but they were also a distraction to all students in the classroom. Later in the article, a group of 430 students were surveyed and 97% said that they used social media in class with Facebook being the number one site. It was stated in the article that, “for every hour of electronic media exposure reported by students on average, GPA was reduced by 0.05 and 0.07 points.” Tests were also applied to a variety of different control groups including a group of woman, and even students who may not use social media in class, but use technology out of the classroom as well. The same result prevailed as technology and social media affected

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