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Debate: Should students rely on technology for their homework?

Today, students use ipods, ipads, phones, laptops, and different tablets to use the internet to help them with their homework. Don't know a word? Google it. Don't know the answer to this math problem? Use a calculator. And so on. Does this make sense?


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  • Oct 30 2012: I believe it all depends on the level of education and the goals of the individual student.

    Until a student needs to choose his career the only function of technology should be to stimulate learning and not to make it easier. So no calculators or looking things up on the internet, besides this shouldn't be necessary at this level.

    Teachers and parents should regularly have discussed the goals, wishes and dreams of each student giving them the best tools to pick a school that fits them. At this point the young student should already be aware of what classes are core to his goals and which are secondary .

    Once the student starts at his new school the teacher there should also sit down with him and his parents and go over his goals, wishes and dreams again after this it's up to the teacher/school to allow the student to focus on his core subjects where there should be no limit to what level the student can follow (unless it goes over the capability of the school at this point private tutoring for this subject is a good option). The level of secondary subjects should be adapted to the students ability but are expected to generally lower level and should be there to give the student a good all-round education.

    Now to get to the point.

    Students should not be allowed to use any technology to make it easier to pass his core skills. So if one of the core skills is math it means no calculator. But if English is not a core but secondary subject the student should be allowed to look words up.

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