How Students Feel When Teachers Ban Technology From The Classroom
There are multiple factors that contribute to whether students have a positive experience in a classroom. If you’re an educator, you already know it’s impossible to find a one-size-fits-all approach that will make every student happy. Every person in a class has different preferences and experiences, so it’s inevitable that students may disagree.
If there’s anything students seem to agree on, it’s this: Banning technology from a classroom is not a wise decision.
How do real professors and students deal with the zero-tolerance policy that some schools have taken in response to technology? We turned to Reddit, one of the Internet’s most popular discussion forums, to learn more about the effects of banning technology––and the benefits of allowing it.
In this thread, a university literature and composition professor asks for advice about letting students use computers in the classroom. The advice was nearly unanimous: Don’t assume the worst of your students. If you think students only want technology incorporated into the classroom so they can sneak onto social media, you’ll miss out on valuable learning opportunities.
One commenter told the professor to treat their students like adults: “These aren’t kids who happen to be going to college, with no idea why they are really there…It seems to me that you’ve equated using technology with wasting time, but that’s just not the case for a lot of people.”
Another commenter advised the instructor to give students a chance to collaborate and use technology for good. If they become disruptive, then take the time to discipline them. By the end of the Reddit conversation, the professor was okay with technology in the classroom.
On Reddit’s website, there’s a robust sub-forum dedicated to educational technology with more than 5,000 subscribers. Instructors can share ideas, dialogue and provide constructive criticism.
In another thread, a college student asks for help avoiding all professors who have banned laptops from their classrooms. Some people told the student to suck it up, but one commenter recommended using an iPad during class. A tablet may be a good compromise to satisfy both millennial students used to Internet-based solutions and tech-wary professors.
Another fascinating conversation focuses on how smartphones and handheld devices have changed education. One professor doesn’t judge students for using their cellphones, because they can relate to checking for new messages during meetings. Instead of banning electronic devices, this instructor focuses on how electronic devices impact classroom performance.
Once you add tech to a classroom, the possibilities and opportunities become truly endless. With so many beneficial tools designed specifically for educators, it’s valuable to consider this advice from students and teachers alike and give technology a chance.