Hats off to the laptops

By CEDRIC COLLINGE, Student Writer

I myself, am a student who has experienced laptop use in high school and used textbooks my previous and college years, which is more than enough experience to realize what is better. Projects, class work and other educational purposes are all reasonable points why we need a laptop to resort to if textbooks are not fulfilling our needs. All student have different methods of learning and laptops are a balance to level the field for all achievement levels. We are our future and so forth generation after generation we will grow bigger, faster, and stronger as a community and technology will grow with us. Laptops have proven to enhance student’s performance in the classroom, teaching new techniques and preparing for future purposes. Opponents of the classroom laptop program cite such issues such as possible distraction, hardware maintenance and technical issues.  We are in the era of advanced technology where the culture thrives off the interactive devices, three dimensional televisions, and Ipads.

Teachers have noticed that when students use laptops it provides more classroom interaction for kids and creates a lively classroom environment. The ability to work in group settings and children’s willingness to work in groups is now becoming easier thanks to laptop use. According to Piscataquis Community High School Study two-thirds of teachers (64%) agree that ever since the laptop program was introduced to their classrooms, student achievement is developing, and work quality for students in the projected at-risk or low achieving demographic has improved as well (PCHS Laptop Final pg. 4). Well above 60 percent of all jobs require some sort of technologic skill. With that said, this number will only get higher and our community will begin relying on such high tech devices. A student who was asked about their opinion on laptops state their grades had improved with the use of laptops. Laptops have proven to help a student’s interaction with teachers, group projects, and their peers. Only 10% of teachers say that laptops have led to a student’s decline in their education.