USF Ignores Need for Technology in Class

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There are many out there that condemn technology for the encompassing grasp it seems to have taken on the youth of today. It isn’t the least bit uncommon for young adults to interact with each other more online than they do face-to-face. Facebook users have reached alarmingly high numbers, and studies show that one in thirteen people on earth have an account. While this may be disturbing to some, it does show how connected we are, and how much value we place on technology.

I’m not sure how long I could last without my trio of technology: my iPad, iPhone and Macbook Pro. Yet, it isn’t for glamorous reasons that I feel so inept without my technology; it’s the fact that I use these tools to keep my life organized in the most efficient mannerr.

Everything from my calendar to my shopping list is on my iPhone, and with the present technology I am able to sync all this information to my tech tools. I advocate that technology isn’t necessarily a hindrance, but an amazing way to keep our lives in check. Thus, I find it completely ridiculous that professors continually limit or even condemn the use of technology in the classroom.

After receiving a new iPad over the holidays, I was ecstatic to bring it to my new classes. Playing around with it over break, I realized I could easily sync all my information, my calendars, and even my notes across platforms. There was no need to lug around my heavy computer anymore; I had all the information I needed at my disposal. How unsettled I was when I realized none of my classes allowed electronics in any form. Cellphones were to be turned off and computers simply weren’t allowed.

All my professors held to the same sentiment: what students did on their computers during class was usually nothing more than perusing Facebook or answering emails. Class participation, they stressed, was important, and technology generally dissuaded students from offering their full attention.

I will in no way argue the above statement. I have often found myself checking my Facebook or reading my favorite blogs in class. Why? Because the professor is doing nothing more than reading PowerPoint slides that the book publisher has provided. The fact the the professor is reading from book assignments makes this class time nothing more than a review session. I have found in my four years at USF that the most worthwhile classes tend to be the ones where I know paying attention is necessary to receive a good grade.

When those worthwhile classes do roll around it is clear that taking notes is imperative. The last class I was forced to take handwritten notes in not only caused my hand to frequently seize up in pain, butalso left me with incomplete notes, forcing me to spend countless hours before the midterm searching the web for more information.

Typing notes is simply easier and more efficient. Forbidding students to have a computer is crippling to those of us who want searchable, clean and precise notes.

Furthermore, the fact that I’m paying to be sitting in class leads me to question such ridiculous, restrictive rules. It would appear that how well I want to do in class is my prerogative. I feel strongly that my future truly relies on how much effort I am willing to put forth, not how much a professor may want me to. So please, USF, give me my technology.

Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy

Chief Copy-Editor: Natalie Cappetta

Opinion Editor: Vicente Patino

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