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The Argument Against Technology in the Classroom

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Brandon Mensah (11) studies for his AP US History test using his laptop, while Jacob Hatfield (11) studies with his textbook.

Brandon Mensah (11) studies for his AP US History test using his laptop, while Jacob Hatfield (11) studies with his textbook.

Brandon Mensah (11) studies for his AP US History test using his laptop, while Jacob Hatfield (11) studies with his textbook.

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The bright screen is his center of attention as he gazes intensely; he can not look away, fearing possible failure if he does. Junior Jacob Hatfield stares at his laptop for several hours every week reviewing his class notes posted online. His eyes are strained, sore and seriously irritated.

“We can use laptops and stuff, but taking notes by hand helps you retain the information,” Hatfield said.

Hatfield is just one of many students who have to use technology to access work that has been assigned.

As technology becomes more prevalent in the world, it attributes to classroom dynamics significantly. Many teachers now only use online textbooks and have set aside the traditional hardback books, although not all students are in favor of this transition.

“Looking at a screen for long periods of time like really hurt my eyes so that’s why I prefer reading books than looking at a screen all day.” Kyndle Lee (9) said.

In addition, the continuation of online books can severely impact the limited budget given to each school. An average laptop costs about $500. This does not include the subscription to e-books needed.

AP Language and Composition teacher Adrien Alsobrook uses textbooks in her classroom but also uses online resources when needed; however, she does favor one over the other.

“I actually like having a physical text in front. I think they are easier to interact with.,” Alsobrook said.

Although there is no denying that online books will continue to grow, the classic printed textbooks will always be known as the customary way to read. The growing rate of technology is fatal to the existence of not just school textbooks, but all books. 

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