By Anna Tyler
Laptops have been absorbed into the classroom atmosphere for good reason. Personal laptops allow the student to take notes faster than writing, which gives him or her more time to listen to the teacher and understand what is being said throughout the lesson.
Writing notes is considerably slower and may result in the student missing many important facts the teacher is saying because he or she is still writing what was said a few minutes back. Writing notes can also be very stressful and can inhibit the student from fully understanding the lesson.
Personal laptops end this stress and allow the student to feel accomplished and know that he or she did not miss anything the teacher said.
Many current high school students have the convenient advantage of using online textbooks. Instead of having to lug the textbook to and from school, students are able to leave the book at home and read the textbook off a laptop during class. This method, along with being able to remove six or seven notebooks from the backpack, saves energy and gives students’ backs a break from having to carry around the many textbooks required and each class’s notebook.
High school students already have enough to deal with and do not need to worry about accidentally grabbing the wrong notebook or textbook for a class. These unfortunate situations can add stress and anxiety to an already tense day.
The school is big on being green, and laptops allow for less paper to be used. In saving trees, personal laptops actually benefit the environment by reducing the need for paper to be produced.
Computers permit a student who forgot to print his or her homework that was a typed assignment to show the teacher it was completed. This method can take a large amount of unneeded stress off of a student’s day.
In an average class, more than half of the students possess personal laptops, which are mainly used to take notes. Most teachers do allow laptops, but have strict rules on what is and is not acceptable during class. Students do understand and try to abide by each teacher’s rules and can usually resist the temptation to check Facebook or play games…usually.