Introduction • Laptops are embraced because of the technological tools they offer combined with their portability. Not only are they becoming more popular for home use, but many schools are starting to incorporate them into their classrooms as well.
What Are the Benefits of Laptops in School? • While parents may worry that laptops can distract students with social media sites and games, laptops can also provide advantages for students of all ages.
Note-taking The process of taking notes, whether in response to a lecture or a reading, can be far easier if a student has a laptop. Massey University points out that taking notes on a computer allows students be more organized in that they can easily insert details in the middle of a text and can search for and identify a specific item in just a few second
Writing and Revising For most students from middle school through college, assignments are required to be submitted as typed documents. A laptop allows students to compose texts such as essays, job and scholarship applications, and cover letters in a more professional manner.
Staying Connected • Often students are expected to complete group projects. Laptops are a useful tool to allow students to communicate through email, instant messaging or discussion forums. Using any available Internet connection, students with laptops can consult their schoolmates on assignments, no matter where they are located
Facilitates Group Work • Group work is integral to student success. Students who learn how to work in a team and benefit from the strengths of other students in the group learn material in a new way. • Laptops facilitate group work by allowing students to meet at any location -- whether it's a library, school room or a student's home
Conclusion • Using laptops in schools develops the ability to learn independently, collaborate with peers to accomplish work, and communicate the conclusions of your work are the core of 21st century skills, and a highly valued set of competencies in the world outside of school.