2018/9/8托福独立写作范文:professors should prohibit students from using devices that can connect to the Internet while in the class

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2018/9/8托福独立写作范文:College or university professors should prohibit students from using devices that can connect to the Internet (such as laptop computers, smart phones) while in the class. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? (18.09.08)



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Handheld devices that can access to the Internet like cell phones, laptops and tablets are getting ubiquitous in many university classrooms. It is vital to ponder that to use internet electronic products can stimulate or interfere with learning. Some professors, who hold the opinion that internet gadgets are more of hindrances than help, have banned the use of these to avoid unanticipated and unpleasant situations. From my perspective, I cannot agree more. My reasons and examples are given below.

First, internet-connected devices may be disruptive to the classroom. As we all know, study environment should be ensured to be conducive to learning, but electronic devices affect learning efficiency in many different ways. Message alerts and phone vibrations interrupt both teaching and learning process. Even college students, though as adults, can be easily distracted by received emails, popping-out advertisement windows and constant notifications from smartphones. Imagine that a professor is explaining a difficult but important biology concept. It is merely impossible for them to concentrate with the same intensity when confronting with numerous information inputs at the same time. In addition, too much screen time hugely reduces eye contact between teachers and students.

What is even more frightening is being hooked on the internet can greatly restrict students’ originality and imagination. The power of independent thinking and the potential of novelty in these young minds might be ruined by “Just-Google-it”. For instance, when asked to design a future house, many students would first look up in Google to see what others’ future houses look like, which simply leads to reluctance to think independently and the loss of initiative when information is at your fingertips. No wonder some professors are complaining that while the internet is connected, a group discussion is more like a collective google-searching than a brainstorming. Therefore, using internet accessible electronics to enhance class learning is a total misconception.

Admittedly, using internet tech-products appropriately does have some advantages, like it is faster to type the notes on the laptop. However, students who write the notes down have a significantly deeper understanding of the materials, which also makes their memory last longer and helps retain more information in the brain.

In brief, if networked devices are allowed while the class is going on, the sad truth is that many college students will use these great tools as an easy way for social media and entertaining, which may interfere with the progress of class and be harmful to face-to-face interactions. Most importantly, too much reliance on technology distracts students’ attention from lectures and produces a decline in critical thinking.


Traditionally, undergraduates have been using paper-based text-books, materials, and other attached utensils to facilitate the classes during the sessions, yet with electronic devices prevailing in people’s lives, the equipments with internet access have become increasingly pervasive, and accompanying college students nearly from now and then. This has triggered great controversy as to whether lecturers should prohibit the employment of these devices during the classes. My view is that forbidding these undergraduates from using the electronic devices with internet access is not a good idea and should be discouraged in the university, in spite of the disturbances that this might bring to the courses and the students.

One argument against allowing the college students to tap the e-devices might involve the learning efficiency that the professor want to maintain for the undergraduates from forbidding the use of e-devices. This is because by prohibiting the use of the electronic devices, students would be removed the likely distractors of the courses, so that they are less likely to be distracted by the appealing headlines, discount information or gossips of personalities during the sessions of the lecture. It is such prohibition that allows for the students to have less access to less learning information, thus being able to be more involved in the discussion or group work. This situation, nevertheless, seldom occurs. The students in college and university are often adults, instead of children, who are capable of being self-controlled and disciplined, and this means that the electronic devices might not affect their concentration and devotion to the courses.

A further reason for not using the lap tops, cell phones and e-book readers may be that this could jeopardize the students creativity. If students were forbidden in terms of using the internet access, then they might be encouraged to think out of the box and dedicate themselves to thinking of the questions proposed by the professor, triggering more innovative ideas and enhancing their renovation of ideas in the field they study. However, people with such argument are short-sighted. Just because of allowing them access to internet does not mean their creativity could be impeded. This is mainly due to the fact that database on the internet might function as fantastic ways of expanding their creativity. For example, in the medical school, it is having access to internet that allows students, when losing ideas in responding appropriately to the professors’ question about the therapies of a disease, as well as their benefits and drawbacks, to do research and figure out more solutions to the same diseases, thus generating potentials to new ideas and being open-minded. This of course enhances their skills of being innovative, especially in terms of the content and methods of thinking creatively.

In conclusion, any thing that encourage the use of internet-based equipment could benefit the college students in terms of learning efficiency and creativity and not prohibiting them to have internet access during the lectures benefits individuals. I wish that professors would be open to the use of internet access and allow the students to make these benefits more achievable.

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