Benefits of Laptops in School

General Article

 

Laptops are becoming increasingly popular in higher education and are even used in some high school classes. Some schools have laptop programs where students are provided with a laptop and may be required to use it. While laptops can present opportunities for distraction, making use of portable computers in classrooms can yield some significant benefits.

Computer Skills

Computer skills are becoming an important part of education. Students who learn to type efficiently and use basic computer functions such as word processing, email and web browsing have a significant advantage over students who have no knowledge of computers.

Leaving laptops in class strengthens computer skills and can allow students to have contact with computers without having them take classes that are geared specifically towards learning computer skills. Using a laptop for note-taking purposes can be very beneficial, as a strong typist can record notes much faster than writing by hand, which can force students to learn to type quickly and accurately.

Kids Fun

Another potential benefit of using laptops in the classroom is that using computers is more enjoyable for students than just sitting at a desk and listening to a lecture with paper and pen. Students who have fun in class are more likely to come to school. Laptops can provide a high level of interactivity between students, teachers, and subject matter.

School works

A third advantage of using laptops in the classroom is that they can help students stay organized and remember schoolwork. When you have six or more classes, it’s easy to misplace worksheets or forget assignments. If teachers distribute assignments digitally, students can easily review their work all in one place.

Digital copies of work also help students by making it easy to edit or change work. This can be a benefit for teachers as well: having students open work via email or other digital systems is easier than gathering and sorting through piles of physical papers. What’s more, digital assignments allow students who have to skip school to turn in work remotely, reducing the gap in allowing students on assignments for class to be lost. In addition, typed assignments are much easier to read than handwritten ones.