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How do you feel about watching trees being torn down? The animals' homes. Dead. What if there was something schools could use to do work on instead of paper? Oh wait, there is!
Floyd Dryden Essay: Laptops vs. paper 040412 SPEAKINGOUT 1 Capital City Weekly How do you feel about watching trees being torn down? The animals' homes. Dead. What if there was something schools could use to do work on instead of paper? Oh wait, there is!
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

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Floyd Dryden Essay: Laptops vs. paper

How do you feel about watching trees being torn down? The animals' homes. Dead. What if there was something schools could use to do work on instead of paper? Oh wait, there is!

In some schools in the U.S students use laptops instead of paper to do work on. What if we did the same? What if Floyd Dryden Middle School used laptops instead of paper?

Of course, almost 75 percent of students in a survey were for laptops. But many other people see this issue from a different perspective.

Opposing views claim that laptops will be a distraction to students because of the social networks and video games, such as Facebook, Twitter, Capsule Fighter, etc. It's true that laptops can be a distraction, but they are better than a binder in some ways. For example, since students have so many classes with so much homework, they'll be better off with a laptop than a binder because they won't lose homework easily. Despite some solid points in opposition, one can not deny that laptops are actually useful.

Laptops are not only useful, they can also save the environment. Less paper means more trees are saved. Local students at Floyd Dryden agree with this idea to save the forests for the animals and other types of creatures. Laptops are environmentally friendly because they're not made from trees.

Furthermore, laptops are more organized than paper. With a laptop, students will be more organized. Local teachers online from different schools agree. One teacher supports laptops because some of the students make a lot of excuses about how they forget their homework at home or that they forgot to do it. Laptops save whenever students finish assignments. And they can transfer those assignments digitally to their teachers. Having six or more classes and assignments, it's far easier to store work on a laptop than to have 50 to 100 pages of work in paper in a binder. The only drawback to this system is that if students lose their laptop, their assignments in each class is also lost.

With laptops, there won't be that much trash thrown away after work's done. Online, there have been forums discussing which was better and useful for students: laptops or paper. There was a 75 percent response for yes and a 25 percent response for no, because of all the litter they see on the grounds of schools.

When asked about the possibility of switching to laptops, one of the local teachers at FDMS said, "Maybe." The reason why is that, "some of the students here aren't mature enough. They might end up breaking them and then turn out giving away his/her opportunity to do something new. Then, maybe the whole class does the same thing, and then they go back to using paper again."

If we're going to have laptops at school, we the students have to be more mature so we can have this opportunity.

After all of the pros and cons I've covered, I think Floyd Dryden should use laptops for school. Laptops mean more trees saved, stress-free students and no more littering. We'll be able to see that day. The more we get into the future of technology, students and even teachers will be happy, as long as their laptops are by their sides.

Lianno Andres Vejar is an eighth-grader at Floyd Dryden Middle School. This essay is part of an annual project with Samantha Davis' language arts classes at Floyd Dryden Middle School. A student editorial board selected student essays for publication in the Capital City Weekly.


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