To start this article, I thought it would be appropriate to prove a point straight off the bat. On the 15th of February at 4:42pm, I googled: ‘new technology’ so I could see what technological breakthrough had happened today.

Well, Formula 1, the largest motor sport on the planet and also coincidentally one of my biggest passions, confirmed it now has the capability to broadcast each and every race directly to the internet as well as your televisions. Exciting stuff for me I must say.

The point is, new technology is created every day and it’s evolving to be far better every second in the same way humans evolved from the ancient Neanderthals. However and rather understandably, not all of us are fully accepting of new technology.

And now, whether-or-not fancy new computers should be used in schools across the country has become a big question for some. Since I’m a student who has grown up with both workbooks and computers – I feel I’m one of the better qualified people to give an answer.

And actually, I feel computers are a must for any student these days. Firstly, one of the biggest differences between a computer and workbook is the writing ability. I for one, have some of the worst handwriting in history. Obviously, when I’m in a time-pressure situation – like an exam – it only gets worse. I’ve actually had marks taken away from me because the teachers can’t physically read my writing, and trust me, that’s frustrating. Perhaps it’s because I never got my pen license in Year 5.

But seriously, when using a computer, not only can you type as fast as you think, it’s always readable, no matter what. Plus, it’s far easier to then edit your work and craft it. Instead of having to use messy annotations to show the marker which sentence to read next, you can copy, paste, drag and drop – it’s actually really useful.

Secondly, cloud applications, like iCloud or OneNote are another superb way to motivate students to do their work. “I left my homework at home,” is the oldest, stupidest and most down-right unbelievable lie anyone can tell at school. It’s actually worse if you have genuinely forgotten your homework, because you instantly become the boy who cried wolf.

But, with cloud applications these worries fly out the window as everything can be accessed by any device connected to the internet. This means, you don’t need to remember to take your work to school because it’s constantly floating above your head! As long as you have a laptop, which my school loans, then you’re sorted!

Initially, I used to crave the old fashioned pen and paper. But, once I stopped fighting the change to computers; cloud storage and ease of use have helped my grades considerably. To the point where I actually succeeded more in NCEA Level 1 then Level 2 – something not everyone can say!

Now, I do come from an extremely privileged background and understand that computers can cost a lot of money. But they’re getting far cheaper every day, with laptops starting around $300 and tablets less than that. So start saving hard, because it’ll change your schooling, I’m sure of it.


Steven Walton PhotoAuthor: Steven Walton

Steven Walton is a 16 year old student currently attending St Andrews College in Christchurch, New Zealand. He was brought up with two older brothers and his big passions are sports (especially motorsport), people and writing. He runs his own motorsport blog, Green Flag F1 (www.greenflagf1.com) and is aspiring to be a journalist when he is older.

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