Computers in the Science Classroom: How Improved Access Can Help


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With the many changes in education, it can be hard for parents to keep up. It is almost mandatory for students to have access to a computer for assignments, yet they are not readily available to students. Those students that do not have one at home, may miss out a lot of supplemental information. Students without computer access often fall behind in class, as well. By placing computers in the classroom, students in science classes can complete assignments at the school, work on projects, and further their research skills.

Research

A big part of science is research, especially when papers are concerned. Most schools today, however, do not walk their students to the library for course mandated research. Students are often required to do this extra learning on their own time. This can be difficult for students who do not have computer access. It is not a given that every child has a computer at home. Some homes may only have one, leaving a group of siblings with limited screen time. Background research prior to experiments, information for academic papers, and independent learning can all be accomplished with computers placed in the classroom.

Alternate Dissection

Many students are not willing to participate in a live dissection of an animal. New laws give children in many areas the option of doing an alternate dissection procedure. Religious reasons or personal convictions are often accepted as reasons for this refusal. This often involves the use of a computer program. Students then have to take this home and complete it without supervision. A computer present in the classroom would allow these students to learn the dissection process along with the other students. They would work on the computer led model, while the other students work on live animals. The dissection process can also be watched prior to live dissection to help students prepare.

Collaboration with other Students

Group projects are a common part of many curriculums. It can be difficult to accomplish this, as not all students are able to meet outside of school. Computers make it possible for a group of students to contribute to the same project with access from different locations. Students without a computer at home would be able to complete their part of the project during school hours, thus incurring a better grade and understanding of the information.

Computers are often a necessary part of education. They are not always readily available to students, however. Placement of computers in a science classroom can assist students in mastering complex research skills and give them an equal opportunity to work with other students on projects. Even live experiments, such as dissections can often be completed online. Students should be given every opportunity to succeed in the sciences.

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