Technology was created to assist people and make completing tasks easier and faster. Today’s young adults rely on technology often and may use it in inappropriate circumstances.
Classrooms are a place to learn and listen to teachers lecture. Some professors allow students to use laptops or tablets during class to follow along with PowerPoints or take notes. Some classrooms have no-technology policies to remove distractions.
At Stephens College, students are permitted to have their cell phones on them in class in case of an emergency. As for laptops and tablets in the classroom, it depends on the instructor.
Some students need to use computers to take notes or help them concentrate because of personal learning styles. Many teachers allow technology in classrooms so these students will be more comfortable and not feel discriminated against.
Laura Flacks-Narrol, assistant professor for business and marketing, embraces technology in classrooms, but she does find herself competing with laptops for her students’ attention.
“Teachers have to be engaging and theatrical to get students’ attention off of technology,” she said.
While many students use technology in class, some opt not to.
“I find it distracting. It can be hard to concentrate when students are around me on laptops,” senior Chloe Ford said.
Technology in classrooms can be seen as distracting because the majority of students who use it are not doing class-related work. Flacks-Narrol is aware that many students are on social media or shopping online, she but wants her classroom to evolve along with the business world.
“It’s about working with the machine,” she said “not against it.”
Story by junior Emily Marchant