Student dependence on electronics is rising. Recent studies have shown that 98% of students claim to use their electronic devices for school, incorporating it into their study habits and on the go. In fact, many classes are taught on the web. Technology plays such a large role in college life by furthering education and providing entertainment – but the big question is whether it poses as a great educational tool or simply as a distraction?
The college necessity is still the laptop. Although Skype calling your friend most likely won’t earn you that A – using your laptop to type papers, do research, upload assignments, and communicate with professors via email are all essential ways to keep up with college. Although, students may get distracted easily from browsing social media websites.
The Cell Phone
While many professors embrace turning all phones off, I recently had a professor who challenged students to use gadgets to help them learn in the classroom. The cell phone can be used to quickly get information and there are tons of applications (apps) available. One of my favorite apps is Dropbox: a free app which allows you to upload class notes, movies, and music to access from any linked device. It’s a great way to sync your music or share notes with friends. For some more hot apps check out Rachel Freeman’s suggestions.
The eReader is the easiest way to take your whole library with you anywhere you go. Many textbooks now come with a digital version which you can access on your eReader, and public libraries (and select schools) allow you to borrow books for free using the Overdrive Media Console. This is a nifty tool that is not as easy to get distracted on.
The more media driven may forgo the eReader and push for a tablet (the middle area between a traditional computer and eReader). The tablet’s portability and fun apps make it more popular for in the classroom and on the go. These are great to bring to the class to take notes on, however are just as easily to get distracted on as a cell phone or laptop.
Do you think devices promote educative learning, or are more of a distraction?