Computers and Literacy

Compare and Contrast-Computers and Literacy

August 28, 2013


Education professionals have different opinions about ways to teach students. Some, such as Professor Andrea Lundsford from Stanford University, fight to keep up with technology while others, like author David Gelernter, fight to teach the way they were taught some fifty years ago. Thompson discusses whether computers help students learn to write.   Gelernter discusses the impact of the use of computers on writing, reading, and thinking. For many years there has been a controversy about using technology as an alternative to the standard classroom teaching methods. Technology has the power of enhancing as well as hindering literacy. My experience using technology for educational purposes has proven extremely valuable.
Consequently, many adults and students use social media and texting as a way of communication and debate across a greater audience. According to the article from Professor Andrea Lunsford, in The Bedford Guide for College Writers, our generation of young people are writing more now than they ever have. Using social media such as text, Facebook, Twitter and other media avenues is stimulating our students to write more than ever before. However the use of texting and social media is resulting in the loss of correct grammar and spelling. Allowing Computers and technology to teach students is making “computers make our worst educational nightmares come true” according to David Gelernter. Reading books allow students to think creatively and logically about what they are reading, and teach students how to put their thoughts in logical order.
Strangely enough some of the benefits of the increase in the use of technology can be seen in a classroom setting. Computer programs focus in basic academic skills such as reading, writing and math.   Students from a very young age are introduced to computer games and technology at home already; this is helping the learning process...