Unless you have lived under a rock for the past 30 years, chances are that you own at least one personal computer or other electronic device. Everywhere you turn, you find an electronic device being used by someone. Technology has been so deeply integrated with our society; some even consider it "odd" to be without some kind of peronal electronic device. But computers aren't restricted to personal use; computers have also been laregly integrated into classrooms as well. So with the ever increasing use of technology, there begs the question: what is it all worth, is it even helpful or necessary? Does the use of computers within the school system effect students in a positive or a negative way?
How much, exactly, has the use of technology increased? Technological advancements have increased at an explosive rate since the early 1990's. In 1984, only 8.2 percent of American households owned a personal computer. This has been increasing at a mind-blowing rate with 78.9 percent of households owning a personal computer in 2012 (U.S. Dept. of Commerce).
With technology advancing by leaps and bounds, it would only make sense that computers be found more prevelant in classrooms as well. According to a survey conducted in 2006, out of 84 elementary schools surveyed, only 5 of them did not use any computers; this was 8 years ago (Razo 3). Out of the schools that had at least 1 computer, 65% of the classrooms had 1-3 computers and 35% of them had 4-8 computers. In addition, 91% of the schools had highspeed internet access (Razo 6).
Since computers have become so prevalent in our homes and our schools, how much do we actually use them? According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, 74.7% of people access the internet regularly from some location. With 69.1% of people, ages 3-17 years, having access to the internet (U.S. Dept. of Commerce).
All of this being said, technology hasn't always been around. It was not very long ago that the school system used little-to-no technology at all. It has been often argued that having so many computers and so many electronic devices in the classroom is a distraction to students. That technology is hindering student progress and needs to be removed from the school system. Of course, there is also an opposing to view to this argument. Others argue that technological advancement has helped students since it's integration with the school system.
Well, if we look at collective student GPA before technology infiltrated the school system, we find it to be 2.6 (NCES). Technology began it's infection around 1985 to 1990. If technology had a major negative affect on students, we should see a drop in student collective GPA. Well, what we find as actually the opposite! In 1990, collective student GPA was still floating somewhere between 2.6 and 2.7. Right about this time technology took off, more and mroe schools began incorporating computers into their teaching methods. Starting in 1990 a constant, gradual rise in collective...