Are computers helpful in education?

@GemmaR (8517)
October 28, 2012 8:32am CST
I think that the invention of computers has meant that a lot of things have changed from the way that they used to be. One of the things that are good about computers is that they can make your education easier. You are able to get a lot of information quickly, and when you're writing an essay you are able to change parts of it without having to go back to write a whole page again if you have made a mistake. However, I think that the ease at which people are able to find information can mean that they become lazy, and unable to do any kind of hard work at all. Also, I think that they can become a bit of a distraction for people when they're supposed to be getting things done but they end up surfing the internet. What do you think the costs and benefits are of computers in education in the modern day world?
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• United States
28 Oct 12
I agree that it makes people lazy if they start at a young age. Like my neighbors daughter for example. She told me that every student in every class has a laptop computer on their desk to do work. My theory is these kids are going to have poor handwriting and poor grammar because the computer is taking away from the fundamentals that every child should learn.
• Mexico
29 Oct 12
Many kids dont put computers to good use. Wish more would see what a pc can really offer them.
@mariaperalta (19074)
• Mexico
28 Oct 12
Sure had, I have learned so much over the net. You can find out anything you want to over the net. Havea great day there.
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@GardenGerty (148088)
• United States
28 Oct 12
And our children learn a lot more than we did because they have started with computers. They do need to learn skills without the computer as well, but it is so good to access so much information so easily.
@GemmaR (8517)
28 Oct 12
I agree that the amount of information is amazing that you can find over the internet. If you wanted to know the answer to something in the past you would have had to search through books for a long time and one simple question might have taken up the whole of your day. Now though, you are able to find the answers that you seek simply by pressing just a couple of keys, and this is something that I don't think anybody will want to go back in the future because things are so much better in that respect now.
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• Mexico
29 Oct 12
Many kids come to my cafe here to rent computer for fun. But also alot come here to do research online for school projects.
@GardenGerty (148088)
• United States
28 Oct 12
Just as with everything else, there are good and bad points to having computers in schools. Almost every job you find now requires computer literacy, so students must learn to use them. However, they also need to learn how to do things and research and compute things if they do not have a computer.
@GardenGerty (148088)
• United States
28 Oct 12
I can really see how that is possible, especially at the college level. I still think students need that basic skill as well, though. There are still places where there is not ready access to computers.
@GemmaR (8517)
28 Oct 12
Yes I agree that it is absolutely vital to be able to use a computer, because you do have to be able to do this in order to get a lot of the jobs that are available these days. One of the things that I think is wrong is the fact that there are so many people who are actually unable to research things using a book. When I was doing my degree, I didn't take a book out of the library for the full three years because there was nothing in them that I wouldn't have been able to find by turning on my computer and using the internet.
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@salma07 (639)
• India
28 Oct 12
Hi Gemma, Yes computers are beneficial to education i think its the best thing that was ever invented by humans and of course as any invention it has its fair share of ups and downs. Remember a knife can be used to help or harm people its how the holder use it you cant actually blame the device for how it is being utilized now can you? You forget to mention on more thing that we can do with a computer more precisely internet, apart from surfing we can also learn new things and websites like coursera are offering course some with a certificate imagine that this is indeed a blessing. As for me i am a student who is at a crossroad now, i am preparing for an entrance exam a tough one at that which demands at least a years worth of hard work now with the help of the internet i access lecture videos of various renowned professors across the globe. I watch lectures from Standford, MIT etc, where i wont even dream of going because of lack of finance. Yes i am getting distracted at times i come here to spend some time, i watch movies to relax my mind all these in the comfort of my own room without paying anything (bills are taken care by my father)
@GemmaR (8517)
28 Oct 12
I think that the thing that you say about the knife is a good idea, everything has its disadvantages but you just have to think about the positives at the same time. Being able to study online is something that not all that many people think about, because we still don't seem to get the fact that you don't always have to go to school to be able to pass exams. I do hope that this is something that people will be able to get used to in the future though because computers really could be used to improve our education.
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@salma07 (639)
• India
29 Oct 12
I know its the same with my people here as well, when i asked them to buy me a computer they just refused saying it has many vulgar things in it. And because of that i lost some of the precious time which i could have used to collect information. I guess its because the large populous misuse the device that it is seen as a nuisance rather than a helpful device. Even now my parents get irritated when i am hooked reading a ebook they think that i am wasting time with some other thing where in fact i am making perfect use by read books and information. Because of a computer and an internet connection i have my own personalized library comparing more than 1k books from various subject i do admit i dont read them but yes i do bush up for my exams. Such is the blessing.
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@BigMoney25 (1284)
• Philippines
28 Oct 12
I believe yes because it simplifies and enables students to finish schoolwork faster. It's all about how the students will use the computer. If they are just going to use it for facebook then that's something that will make them unproductive so they need to avoid this at all cost.
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@GemmaR (8517)
28 Oct 12
I do agree that it has the potential to be very helpful for them, but whether they choose to use them in the right way is another matter entirely. I think that it is very much up to the parents whether they choose to discipline their children regarding the computer or not. They should be allowed to use it for one hour per day to do their homework on, but then they shouldn't be able to go on it for the whole of the night. I also think that parents should sit by them to make sure that they're going on the right websites.
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• Ghana
28 Oct 12
Yes i think computers has become helpful in education. With the day to day advancement in technology, We need computer to keep ourselfs updated. Education is aquireing knowledge and therefore can be done quickly through the use of computers in various levels of education.
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@GemmaR (8517)
28 Oct 12
I agree that getting new knowledge is vital with regards to moving on in life. I think that this is one of the reasons that there are more people able to get a higher level of education because of the fact that it is a lot easier to get the information that it would have taken a great number of hours to find from a book. It is a shame for those people who cannot afford to buy a computer, because at the end of the day they would be very behind the other people if they were not able to research and find information in the same way.
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@ElicBxn (62599)
• United States
31 Oct 12
Its hard for this old fogy to say, we had nothing like this when I was in school, though we did have electric typewriters... It was actually before correction fluids became easily accessible, I don't remember seeing them in college.
@leateagee (3667)
• China
29 Oct 12
Computers had become a bets friend to most students because it had helped them to be more productive and closer to the facts or information they need. Though I also agree that it also caused idsturbance and laziness, if computer is properly used, it more helpful than expected. I work with computers every day. I tecah in teh classroom and my company also provides education through online. We connect and educate people from different parts of the country. Reaching out the needed education is easier if there is a computer nearby. Hopefully we could reach out to a lot more students.
@lampar (7584)
• United States
28 Oct 12
It sure do, as long as we don't abuse this technology, and only focus on using it for our educational purposes like doing research or information related subject; computer is best use for computation needs and when you need to deal with large amount of data in your study, then it should be helpful to every student.
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@Canellita (12029)
• United States
30 Oct 12
Computers make so many things easier! I can't imagine life without my laptop. I spend a lot of time in front of my computer reading and researching.
@dorannmwin (36396)
• United States
30 Oct 12
I think that the greatest advantage to having easy access to the internet is also the greatest disadvantage to having easy access to the internet. That is the fact that sources for research are right at the tip of our fingers. However, I think that it is a great disadvantage as well because of the fact that there are many sources on the internet that aren't really reliable sources. You see, many people take what they read at face value and with many sources on the internet this is something that is simply not the truth.
@tedifa (1233)
• Indonesia
31 Oct 12
Computer will useful on the right people.For education i agree if computer can help some students to find any information for their homework.Sometimes teacher said that student have to find some information on internet.I am sure before they're go for internet browsing they try to find on their books.After got nothing they will find on internet.Lazy or not i think depends on each person character.
• Bangladesh
29 Oct 12
Computer is a technology of which bussiness is to make life easy and comfortable. It gives a technical support to learning. But the internet which we captured in a pc is a reservoir of knowledge. We can read or know any book of the world anytime. Internet saves money, diligence and distance. May be we will infuse all our social feelings, society, social interactions in internet. By means cyber video conferecing we will live, chat, date, play, run, sleep whenever we will want.
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28 Oct 12
I believe computers are very helpful in education, Not only they can do work faster and easier, It's also useful in study, concerning research. Happy mylotting!
@GemmaR (8517)
28 Oct 12
I agree with the research aspect of this. I have recently completed my degree, and I thought that the fact that I was able to use the computer to look at the things that I need to research about really helped me. It meant that I was able to source the information for my assignments probably within the space of around ten minutes, and then I could concentrate for the rest of the time on just being able to write it and get things correct; whereas I think that I would have struggled if I hadn't been able to work on a computer.
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@shaggin (63118)
• United States
29 Oct 12
Yes I think they are helpful. Instead of having to go to a library and look up in 10 different books the information you need now with the internet and computers we can find all the information we need just in one book. There are lots of educational games kids can play online or on computers that help kids learn in new and different ways.
@showxjn (88)
• China
30 Oct 12
In my opinion,I think computer like other things can have two sides.some people use it to play vedio game,some people use it to study knowledge.The computer is only a tool.
@stanley777 (9349)
• Philippines
29 Oct 12
I agree with what you said.. it has been a great help to the students.. But it also made them lazy.. People these days are lazy to go to libraries, and do research.. some even just copy their assignments from the internet. It is just sad that a great invention is used like this.
@groupepub (150)
• France
29 Oct 12
computers are extremely good for education. I remember in 2005 when i were using GIMP software to modify all my pictures. At that time i didn't know that i can make a lot of money with this software. But today let me tell you i am great in Web/Graphic design and i built a lot of concepts because of this software. If you have a child, advice him to not only play only game. Show him many software and applications so that he can be an expert in the future...
• India
29 Oct 12
Computers playing an important and essential role in education field. In this modern days, students mostly depends up on the computer and internet for their education purpose. Previously we are using note books to take notes, but in this modern days, most of the modern college students and professors using their netbook to take notes, they are using some software for making notes. We can get a lot of educational information using computers and store them easily in internal or external storage devices. Lot of school and college students using computers to take reference. They are searching in web for their needs and get hints and reference for various subjects using online educational sites. A lot of unknown and interesting educational information are available in online sites and we can get in depth knowledge about a matter while making search and getting reference. All kinds of subjects and information are available in online sites and we can take easy notes using internet. Also we can have educational chat with other students as well as take online tuition using online sites. Really computers and internet playing an amazing role in educational field, it is really hard to imagine the modern education without system. Since it is used by various fields of educational system. Ranging from book publication to question paper printing. Online Education method is quite popular in this days and some persons are taking this kind of education. Computers and online sites are very important to the students who are continuing their education in distance manner. They will get updates about their classes and exam schedules in their university websites, previously correspondence method using the postal system. But now most of the correspondence education is using the online sites for communication. Some students are getting addicted with online games, this kind of student must avoid the unwanted addiction and use computer in good manner for education purpose. We can get a lot of educational information using online sites which is essential in this modern education.
@ungu89 (1999)
• Malaysia
30 Oct 12
computer is really helpful when it come to education..some people find it easy to ready while looking the screen,but sometime time not all people can accept this method.certainly.this method for the young people today.like the old people the prefer reading page by page in a book. because sometime internet can really distract u to other thing..really need the focus.