Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?The use of devices that can be connected to the internet, like computers, phones and ipads, should be prohibited from the classroom.
I disagree with the statement that the use of devices that can be connected to the internet should be prohibited from the classroom because I think that under the correct circumstances, they can be valuable learning tools.
I would like to qualify my stance by saying that there are certain times when devices with internet access should not be used, and that it is perfectly reasonable for a teacher to set limits. For example, students need to respect their teacher and should not be searching for information or texting friends during lectures. This is just an extension of basic etiquette such as not talking while someone else is. Another time when access to devices might be limited is during tests when the student is expected to recall answers or solve problems without the assistance of the internet.
Taking such restrictions into consideration, I feel that otherwise devices with internet access can enrich the classroom experience. First, they can allow for a wider variety of programming to appeal to more students. Rather than just listening to lectures, students can try educational games, communicate with students in other states or countries, or other activities that engage rather than bore them. Teachers can develop practical activities and lessons that integrate themes and media that the students are interested in. If students are interested, the end result will be a better grasp of the subject and retention of the details.
Furthermore, devices with internet access are now an integral part of modern society, so learning to use them effectively is essential. Therefore, if such devices are allowed in the classroom, the teacher can demonstrate how they can be used properly and effectively. For instance, a student may already know how to do a search for information, but a teacher can offer ways to improve the efficiency of a search. Moreover, a teacher can emphasize why some sources are considered valid whereas other sources should not be used. In other words, students can gain more insight into the capabilities of internet-access devices and the value of information posted on the internet.
Since devices that have internet access are becoming ubiquitous, students need to learn how to use them effectively. The devices also can engage students to make learning more fun or interesting, so they remember the material better. Therefore, I think that with certain exceptions such as during lectures, internet-access devices should be allowed in the classroom.
qualify X's stance 修正X的立場
basic etiquette 基本禮儀
a wider variety of 更為廣泛的
appeal to 吸引
a grasp of 掌握
gain insight into 洞察，了解
engage to 致力于
certain exceptions 某些例外