By Kelly Friedman | December 30th, 2013
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The public education system no longer considers the integration of technology as a debatable issue in the classroom. In fact, many schools have started to incorporate the technological use of computers and mobile devices in the classroom to further the academic performance of students. Computer technology in the classroom has evolved beyond drill and practice programs. Today's technology can provide teachers and other school faculty with greater opportunities to bring information to their students. This allows educators to prepare students for the future, both in their personal and professional lives.
The Benefits of Computers in the Classroom for Students
Computers have changed the way society functions. Future generations will need to compete with the growing trends of a technologically-driven society that relies on computers to perform daily tasks. The classroom is a good starting point for people to learn how to use these complex machines. If students learn word processing skills and how to navigate computers and the Internet early on, they will be prepared later in life to utilize computers for more complex assignments. Computers grant access to the Internet, which hosts academic research and offers educational support. Historical records and social organizations are only a click away, providing a wealth of information for studying history and social studies. Students and teachers are now able to communicate with educators and other students anywhere in the world easily and instantly. This new phenomenon opens up opportunities for collaboration that did not previously exist. There are also many resources and communities online that are available to help students develop and improve mathematical and scientific understanding. Even though computers are extremely beneficial to the educational process there are some negative aspects that present themselves. Students have access to greater distractions during research or study time, in the forms of games and social networking websites. There is also the risk of students interacting with potentially dangerous, anonymous individuals. Therefore, it becomes vitally important for teachers and school faculty to monitor computer use to ensure they are being used safely and for the right purposes.
The Benefits of Computers in the Classroom for Teachers
Teachers may encounter students who have already acquired computer skills. In fact, some students may have developed computer proficiency beyond their teachers. This can make it easier for the teacher to incorporate computers into the school curriculum. The majority of public and private schools have already begun the transition to using computers in the classroom. Computers offer teachers the unique ability to collaborate with other educators and professionals opening up worlds of understanding to them and their students. There are many networking sites available to instructors that offer teaching plans and project ideas. Sites like Youtube.com can also prove to be useful when demonstrations or examples are needed to further explain concepts being taught.
Other Types of Technology in the Classroom
As new technology is developed teachers will have more tools available to them. Electronic books and tablets may remove the need for physical textbooks, costing schools or parents more money initially when the device is acquired, but less through the years when licenses can be purchased for each class. Some technology utilized by students in the past were voice recorders and iPods. Today, most cellphones come equipped with voice recording capabilities and many phones can download and playback podcasts, which makes lectures available for review at a later date. Although most instructors frown upon the use of cellphones in the classroom, there are some benefits to them being used responsibly.
Teachers can incorporate several software applications to help students learn more about the course material. Word processors, drill and practice programs, spreadsheet, database programs, and presentation software enable teachers to create fun and interactive ways to help students learn the course material while also reinforcing computer skills. For instance, teachers can direct students to WebQuests.org to reinforce Internet browsing skills. In addition, it also helps students incorporate research skills to answer homework questions and compose essays. Teachers may also challenge students to create blogs, glogs, and podcasts about their coursework for extra credit. Wikis can also help students learn more detailed information about the main points presented in the daily lesson plan.
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Kelly is an avid tech and computer enthusiast and spends her free time keeping up to date with the latest technology advancements. Kelly also enjoys reading, writing, playing video games, and riding her motorcycle.
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Use of computer on regular basis in our life is very important. Technically in daily life computer is used to convert raw facts and data into meaningful information and knowledge. Computer science is explored and challenged by humans daily. The computer is like an electronic magical device for our life. If the uses of the computer are for good purposes then it is a boon for humans.
Importance of computer in our daily life
You can understand and analyze the importance of computer by seeing a revolution in offline and online business, online education, online business, online communication and digital banking. To store, access, manipulate, calculate, analyze data and information we use hardware devices and software application.
All our daily life activities are based on such online services and products. Computer changed our life 2 decades ago and now it is a necessity to use a computer in daily life to live. Let’s understand the uses of computer in following points:
Top 10 uses of computers in our daily lives
1. Uses of computer in Education field
Schools and colleges around the world are using computer technologies to teach students digitally and creatively with data visualization. Uses of the computer in a classroom will explore creativity and imagination in students mind. Drawing tools, spreadsheet, Audio, Video lectures and power point presentations etc. are very beneficial for students to learn more deeply and accurately.
As you know education is most important in our life. Computer reinvented the education system. Schools, colleges and almost all kind of educational institutions are using a computer in the classrooms. There are so many college and universities are now providing online degree programs for college students.
Computers are most important educational tools for teachers and learners. YouTube, Blogs, eBooks, Newsletters, eNewspaper etc. such educational tools are not possible without a computer that we’re using today.
So, to become educated, skillful we can use computers and this is one of most beneficial use of the computer in our daily life.
Related: – Importance of Computer Education in Schools for Students
2. Use of computer in business
Computer with the internet connection we can start the business, run the business and manage the business and we can grow the business by the use of computer. Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Amazon, Alibaba etc. all are websites created by the use of computer and internet.
We can’t imagine the daily business operations around the world without the uses of computer technologies. In early days when the first mechanical computer invented by Charles Babbage it was used only to control the business system and speed up the business process accurately. But today everything is controlled and managed by computers.
Businesses and companies use a computer to do marketing and business planning, they use a computer to record customer data, they use a computer to manage goods and services etc.
Computer with an internet connection is really important for businesses. Now they can do Internet marketing, they can sell product and services online. They can manage; hire employees around the world by the use of computer and internet.
Almost all kind of businesses is using computers in their daily official works. Such Microsoft Office to create professional looking documents, excel spreadsheet to manage goods and services, power point to for project presentations etc. are common these days.
The uses of computer in the business helping companies to grow their customer base faster. Computer use business is also challenging for the companies and small business owners. Because customers have so many options to choose best product or services by the use of the internet.
Any individual today can start their business from home. Freelancing is a big example. Freelancers are working remotely from home with the use of computer and internet.
To start earning money by the use of a computer is not so much tough. You just need to learn or to become a master in few applications or programming languages.
If someone knows about the internet research, data entry, MS Word etc. they can start data typing and editing work from home. Such as resume writing services, eBook writing services.
Related: – Uses of Microsoft Word
If someone knows about Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw they can start graphic designing, logo designing business from home. This is so much simple today to build a career in the IT field by the use of a computer.
3. Uses of computer in hospitals
Uses of the computer in hospital provide many benefits for doctors and patient. Hospitals can create a database of a patient with their treatment records, medicine records. Doctors are using a computer to diagnose the diseases of patients faster. They are taking help of various medical applications of computer and hardware devices. The use of computer and its application in hospitals are such as to do the research on diseases, blood test, and urine test, brain testing, and body scanning etc.
4. Uses of computer in banking sector
Banks are using computers daily to faster and accurate the customer demands. Banks are using a computer to deposit customer money in their account. In this case, cashier enters the account number of customer in their banking application, they first confirm the account number and customer details and then enter the deposited amount in their banking application by the use of the keyboard.
This process is faster and accurate. Banks are also providing ATM to withdraw and cash deposit ATM’s for their customer. Whenever we deposit, withdraw money we get messages on our mobile number. We can see and print our transaction records without visiting banks. The whole process of banking is done by computer.
The innovative uses of computer in banking are that customer can operate their bank account by doing internet banking. Banks are providing the customer for accessing, transferring money, monthly bills or shopping bills by the use of computer and mobile.
Also by the use computer customer can get knowledge about various bank loan schemes such as a business loan, home loan and car loan. The customer can also check on the bank websites about loan eligibility and if they are eligible they can apply for bank loan.
Such uses of banking in our daily life are stored, calculated and managed by computers with speed and accuracy. The use of the computer in banking not only saving our productive time but also reducing the infrastructure cost of banks.
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5. Uses of computer in government offices
The government works or official works take more time to complete in the past. There was lots of staff required in the past to manage citizen’s works. But today citizens, consumers are getting a solution with high speed and accuracy. Because of the uses of computer in official works. There are so many applications that speed the process and quality of official works. Such as Microsoft Office package, email, video conferencing tools etc. are few applications that speed the work of government offices with accuracy.
6. Uses of computer in home
Computer uses in home depend on the user. There are so many people using the computer at home. Some people are using the computer to take online classes. Some people using the computer to do online business. Some people are using the computer listen to songs and to watch movies etc.
Else the use of the computer in the home provides great advantages. Such you can access banking and business services from home. You can communicate with people around the world by the use of the computer.
You can use a computer at home for learning new skills and hobbies. You can use a computer to calculate and manage monthly expenses by using MS excel. You can create gift cards, birthday messages by using Microsoft word. You can edit, restore and manipulate family photographs by the use of Adobe Photoshop etc. Else you can use the computer with the internet to do online shopping and you can start an online business too.
The use of a computer in home daily life is saving our time. The computer also saves money in our daily home life. Such as if you have a computer at home, you don’t need to buy DVD player to watch movies and to listen to songs. You don’t need to go cyber café to collect and print notes. All kind of small works that we do each day cost us money. But using computer application at home save our money, time and also provide entertainment and various ways to pass time.
7. Uses of computer in marketing
Use of computer with the internet is creating new ways to do the product and services marketing online. Digital marketing services, products, websites, and businesses are growing. Businesses can use a computer to type marketing content, to publish content marketing article on websites and social media. They can sell and market their product on portals or such as Amazon. Businesses can use PPC to get quick ROI for their marketing budget.
Companies can chat, email, outsource, apply and can do various works that included in Internet Marketing such as website designing, Search engine optimization, PPC, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing etc. all by the use of a computer to market their product and services in best possible ways.
8. Computer used by various people around the world for different reasons and purposes
- Kids: – Kids use the computer in their daily life to play games, to use drawing tools and to watch funny (cartoon) videos.
- High school students: – Schools students can use a computer to learn Hindi English Typing. Students can learn and use digital communication tools. They can learn online safety and etiquette. They can use drawing tools to explore creativity and inside artist in them such as by using paint programs in Windows computer. They can also learn to do photo editing and graphic designing. The uses of a computer for school students should be to explore the creativity and imagination. Online research can help school students to collect and understand the data and information about a particular book and chapters. Students can use MS-Office to create assignments, to do mathematical calculation, presentation etc. I am sure that many Indian schools students are doing these activities in schools and on home computers.
- College students: – Use of computer with the internet for college students is really important. Information Technology education helps them in their study no matter which kind of degree they are doing. They not only need to learn about Information Technology but they need use technology for their career. College students use Microsoft Word to create an assignment, notes, letters and books. They use excel spreadsheet to mathematical calculation, data visualization by using Charts, they solve and learn various logical formulas. Many students are learning online etiquette skills and safety. They are using the computer and the internet to create websites. But the biggest use of a computer for college students is that they can join online degree programs. Many students are taking online classes from their home. Students are connecting with teachers by using video conferencing application and devices. Students with the use of a computer are getting faster information and knowledge from multiple sources. Such uses of computer in student’s daily life are really important.
Related: –Advantages of online classes for students
- Job seekers: – Job seekers use the computer to learn computer skills that help them to get a job. They learn to use Ms-Office, English and Hindi Typing, Internet research, File management, printing, MS-Office, use of the business application and social media skills in their daily life. Job seekers who are IT literate or have productive computer skills get job quicker than people with only job specific skills.
- Business owners: – Business owner use computer based on demand and urgency. Commonly they use a computer daily to watch YouTube videos, upload family and travel photos on the social media etc. They also use the computer for business planning and team management. They use a computer to financial management. Also, the use of a computer is depending on the nature of the business. But commonly project management, financial planning, social networking, emails, letter writing, presentation and Internet research are few uses of computer in the daily life of business owners.
- Computer Professional & IT people: – The real truth is that there are no other uses of anything other than the computer in the daily life of IT people. There are more than 12 hours average IT people spend their time on a computer according to me. In which they learn on the computer, they work on the computer, they communicate on computer, they hire people on computer, they order pizza on computer, they transfer and receive money on the computer, they watch movies on the computer, and they are still trying to do everything on the computer.
But the benefits and results you’re seeing today in computer and internet world are done by IT professionals around the world. Without IT people in this world, nothing is possible that you’re seeing on the Internet and computer today.
9. Uses of computer in new habits—Impact of computer in our life
Our life is fully impacted by computers. Today the use of the computer with internet connection in daily life changed our habits. We’re creating new kind of habits. Such as listening music on the computer, earning money online, doing internet banking, communicating online with friends and family, running an online business, taking online classes etc. are new kind of habits. It’s good living practice by a human because many people are in the favor of Technology without data analysis.
The computer can impact our life negatively too if above-paragraphed habits turn into bad habits. More use of a computer for daily life activities means less physical works and more mental work. In this case, the accessibility of brain is increased by so many features of computer and Internet. But the physical capacity is decreasing or not growing because of too much sitting all day in front of the computer. It’s really important for us to make the balance between brain access and body capacity. Such balanced use of the computer in daily life will be great.
10. Uses of computer to change life: -Computer changed our lives in this way
A digital computer, analog computer and now the use of hybrid computers are growing in our daily life. The problem is that computer is doing our work faster and accurately and save our time. But then why people do not have any time today for their family. You can say the computer is changed our lives yes, computer changed our lives because today we want to use air purifier inside the home rather than planting new trees outside. Funny! Very Funny!
So, my friends, you need to understand and analyze what you want to do today and what is important for to you accomplish today by using a computer. Once you will find out it then start using the computer each day and it will make life easier, faster and more importantly satisfy at the end of the day.
Note: – Don’t’ forget to plant new trees! Save water, save energy and save natural resources. A computer is just a tool that you should use it with good intentions.
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