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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Computers: Friend or Foe?

By Mimi Margaret Abad

Technology nowadays is continuously improving. Gadgets such as PSP, MP3, computers, and many more are commonly used. All of them are invented to make one’s life easier.
            Technology affects human beings, most especially to students. In fact, students utilize computers for making their projects and assignments. They can surf over the internet for more information. Communication is also a factor, that’s the reason why computers are made. Through computers, communication is easily conducted from one place to another place. But, are all gadgets used for good?
            Technology is also used for having fun like for instance, computer games. These are indispensable to everyone, especially children in order for them to play different sorts of games and to have fun. Unfortunately, children and adults are abusing the so-called technology. Because of their games' addiction, their grades are affected.
            Computers and other gadgets are useful and, at the same time, harmful in our daily living. But remember, too much usage of gadgets can lead to games’ addiction and failure. Never forget that regret comes in the end. What about the integration of technology in education, particularly in curriculum?
            As far as education is concerned, the integration of technology in education is no longer a "novel" notion. Because technology has become such an integral part of society, it is essential to integrate its use in education in a variety of ways. The use of computer technology has moved beyond computer assisted instruction in the form of tutorials or drill and practice. 
            Today's technology can provide teachers and students with opportunities for teaching and learning that were impossible in the past. Computers can be used as devices for communicating with people literally a world apart. They can be used as tools to create instructional materials or as presentation devices to provide information in ways never before possible.

PROS AND CONS. A student can learn many things about computer. Thus, the benefits are: processing skills when learning to write, working on computer fosters collaboration between students and teacher as facilitator in the classroom, utilizing computers can help others, promoting problem solving skills, increasing responsibility and independence and having a natural form of breakthrough and often learning by trial and error methods. On the other hand, there are disadvantages of using computer. A student will get addicted to it. Using said computer may ruin his focus on the lessons and on other things to be done everyday not only in school but also at home. 
             Finally, the title cited above needs an honest replication by everyone. Are computers considered a friend or a foe? What do you think?


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The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. ~William Arthur Ward. The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself. ~Edward Bulwer-Lytton. A teacher's purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image. ~Author Unknown. What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches. ~Karl Menninger. Teaching should be full of ideas instead of stuffed with facts. ~Author Unknown. The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate "apparently ordinary" people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people. ~K. Patricia Cross


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