High school is the proving ground where you build life and job skills that will help you create your future, whether that’s an entrance directly into the workforce after school or pursuit of higher education through college and university courses. The infusion of technology into daily living makes the comprehension of normal coursework, such as grammar and language arts, and its relationship to technology vital for a bright future. However, your teachers must use classroom technology as a tool to improve, not replace, traditional learning.
Pro: Personalized Lesson Planning
One benefit of technology is that teachers can use databases of lesson plans, worksheets and quizzes for the entire school year. Teachers can make these available to you all at once, allowing you to progress at your own pace. This enables a teacher to work more one-on-one with you if you're struggling with a particular aspect of grammar. It also helps to keep you from getting bored in class by letting you work ahead. The trick is to ask for help when you need it, whether it's on verb tenses or diagramming irregular verb constructions.
Con: Advancing at Different Paces
Although individual progression seems benevolent, it requires a strong teacher to be applied correctly. Teachers must get all of you students to a core competency level, so they need to push along even if you haven't mastered the content. This means you'll need to do work on your own through available quizzes. However, don't rely just on these quizzes and not ask for the help you need. Computer lessons don't replace lessons from your teacher, so be proactive about getting help.
Pro: Comprehension for Work Skills
Proper understanding and use of grammar and sentence structure is vital to your success in academia and the workplace. Your teacher uses a computer to give quizzes and review your tests, helping you understand how computers work and how to interact with sentences and paragraphs on a computer. These tests help sharpen your capability to write in general, but also prepare you to work in an office in the future. They also teach you English language skills and software that you can use to build your first professional resume after high school.
Con: Reliance on Visuals
Computers rely heavily on visuals to teach you concepts. This can be tricky for your Language Arts classes because lots of this information won't have visual cues when it comes to tests or using it in the real world. If these systems are used for your daily classes, you'll have to study more on your own without a computer to make sure you have a handle on the concepts. Visuals are easy for a teacher to rely on, but they can trip you up and may cause problems if the lessons and your tests use different visuals.
Geoff Whiting is a writer and copy editor who has specialized in business technology, consumer electronics and research reports since 2007. He has written for national magazines like "American Shipper" and "BIC Magazine," has written daily news articles for FierceMarkets, and has crafted research reports for Rider Research, Intel and Spotify.