Role of Laptops in Education- Essays for B.A Students Pakistan 2015

Saif Ullah Zahid

Role of Laptops in Education (415 words)


1. Introduction
2. The Part of Computer in Learning
3. The use of Laptops by the Students
4. Alternatives of having a personal laptop
6. Suggestions/conclusion

Computers have become an important and indispensable feature of our lives. Ever since its inventions few decades ago and the subsequent introduction of the Internet, it has become an essential tool for many students and adults alike. Computer is used at work and even at schools which usually have computer laboratories.

However, although computers are a great technological invention contributing tremendously to human kind, it is not necessary that each student should own a laptop  to be intelligent and smart. firstly, as mentioned above, most schools have computer labs which are accessible for students. thus, poor students who are unable to afford laptops can utilize the facilities at their school or assignment and research.
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Secondly, research has shown that many students do not use the laptop wisely. Most laptops have a positive influence on the student's learning. The internet connections help students with research as it contains volumes of data. However there are students who use it to watch illegal and pornographic sites. some even download pornographic images and distribute it to other students. Thus, if students possess individual laptops, they may be tempted to visit these sites as there is no supervision from school authorities. These smuts cannot be accessed via school computers as the sites are barred by school authorities. There is thus, better control and supervision of students at the school computer laboratories compared to students who own personal laptops.

In addition, many cyber and internet cafes are sprouting in Pakistan. It is relatively inexpensive to use their facilities. Thus, it is not necessary for students to own laptops which are expensive and whose technology becomes outdated every year. Computers at the cyber cafes are constantly upgraded as it is patronised by the public and the latter is charged a fee. It is ridiculous to expect students to have a laptop of his/her own.

Finally, there have been many complaints regarding plagiarism. Since the internet has mountains of information and data, many students download or copy the articles and submit them as part of their assignment. Thus, internet does not allow for creativity to flourish and students become too dependent on it. The conventional research is better as it forces students to visit the library and plough through the books to help them with assignments.

Though there are arguments that can be advanced to support the advantages of having one's own laptop, it is not necessary for a student to own one. There are many computer facilities which can be used for the purposes of research and assignment.

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