In a short 80 years, progress has brought schools from slate boards to the internet. In 1984, Apple Computers were introduced in the classroom for students for the first time. By 1990, multimedia PCs were developed. In 1995, the internet began to catch on and between 1997-2007 the internet became the largest database of information, graphics and video (“ The History of Computers in Education”). Student learning has improved due to an increase in technology like computers/laptops, smartboards and iPads.
The more students use laptops and computers in the classroom to help them with assignments and projects the better they will perform and the better their grades will be. In classes, students are less distracted using computers or laptops. People think cell phones cause more distraction than laptops when used in class. Douglass K. Duncan, Angel R. Hoekstra, and Bethany R. Wilcox did a research on an engineering class in which 50% of the students used laptops in class and earned a whole letter grade more than the other 50% of students that used pencil and paper (“ Digital Devices, Distractions, and Student Performance”). Computers and laptops can be adjusted many ways so it is easier for students to learn from it and easier for them to get better grades in school.
According to a study by researchers at Boston College and the University of Massachusetts, students who use computers for a writing process had a significantly better score on their MCA’s writing assessments (“ How Computers Affect Student Performance, the Good and the Bad”). As our technology increases, children have an easier time learning more quickly and efficiently through the internet and therefore getting higher grades. In terms of growing expectations, students are able to enhance their learning skills with computers and laptops in the classroom rapidly and efficiently.
Having Smart Boards in classes help students be more motivated to participate in class activities and lessons. Online group discussions, and webinars give educational opportunities that students historically do not have in class. According to Elliot and Shin, “student satisfaction refers to the favorability of a student’s subjective evaluation of the various outcomes and experience associated with education” (“Assessment of the Impact of Smart Boards Technology System Use on Student Learning, Satisfaction and Performance”). Researchers indicate that satisfied students are more motivated to learn and, therefore, will achieve more success in his or her college career (“Assessment of the Impact of Smart Boards Technology System Use on Student Learning, Satisfaction and Performance”). Students feel that they have more control if technology like a Smart Board is integrated into their class or course.
Students who have technology like Smart Boards in classes are more satisfied because they are able to work at their own pace or keep up with the whole class. Having students work like that will have the teacher if...