Schools all around the world are integrating technology into their curriculum. They are teaching their students how to work on a computer and how to understand the different utilities and software.
I am one of those students. I have entered a phase in my school life where, in almost every class, I use a computer. It is part of the school’s system. Even last year, we were graded on our capacity to use modeling software.
We live in a day and age where technology is a big part of our lives. It is used both professionally and personally, throughout all age groups. Having students computer literate at an early age is essential. Technology is the future.
In my opinion, using a computer is both an advantage and a disadvantage. It allows students to experience a new way of working but it also creates some difficulties.
Some students prefer working on a computer rather than in a notebook. They find it easier to manage and would rather type than write. Having a computer is lighter to carry than a load of textbooks, notebooks, pens, extra paper and folders. It also sums up all the lessons into one device therefore making it simple and handy (as long as you are computer savvy enough to back up your files!).
However, some students would disagree about the use of computers.
For instance, taking notes can be easier with a pen and paper than with a computer. Abbreviations, literary or math symbols, and free-hand diagrams or drawings cannot be or aren’t easy to create on computers.
Some students, like myself, are kinesthetic, which means that we remember our lessons by writing them down or creating a visual representation on paper. The use of computers therefore makes it harder for us to retain the lessons.
An annoying consequence of primarily using a computer is that you may find, if you prefer notes, that you end up doing both resulting in a confusing mess of jottings scattered on the computer and on sheets of paper that are likely to get lost.
Overall, I think that computers are wonderful machines and because of where the world is heading, students have to learn how to use them. Nevertheless, they shouldn’t forget how to write because they may never know when they may need it.
Computers get hacked, messages decoded, secrets uncovered. If you need to send an untraceable message that could save the world or stop fatalities then the art of handwriting could be your only hope. Like the old fashioned spy, passing a note, which is then read and immediately destroyed, is undetectable.
Poppy Nguyen Eastwood is a Grade 10 student at Lycée Français International Marguerite Duras