Talking points: should schools give out laptops to their students?

Talking points: should schools give out laptops to their students?

Hate it when you can’t talk back? Well, you can with Young Post. Have your say and share with students around Hong Kong

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Are laptops the future of learning?
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Yes, because it allows students to go on the internet during lessons and do research. It also allows teachers to pose questions to their students on websites such as Kahoot!. Students can use their own devices to answer the questions, and teachers can use the data to see how students are progressing. What’s more, essays and reports written on laptops are much neater than their handwritten versions.

Christa Chen, 11, Christian Alliance International School

Of course, yes! First of all, people around the world use the latest technology to do their jobs. Schools should provide their students with laptops, as they can then familiarise themselves with that technology. What’s more, Hong Kong is well-known for its freedoms. So schools should give their students the freedom to use laptops.

Tommy Cheung, 16, Fung Kai No. 1 Secondary School

They definitely should. We are living in a digital age, so everybody should know how to use a laptop, whether at work or school. Giving laptops to students allows them and their teachers to take full advantage of the benefits of the internet and technology. It also enhances students’ ability to use internet resources properly and eliminate time-wasting.

Wilson Yin, 16, Fung Kai No. 1 Secondary School

Yes, definitely. I believe that doing more research on the internet can help students improve their problem-solving skills. Tech-savvy students can maximise the benefits of using computers to support their learning.

Teresa Kwok, 14, South Island School

I think so, yes. Such a move can raise students’ learning efficiency. During a lesson, when the students don’t understand the content or they can’t keep up with the flow, they can immediately browse the internet and search for the information. This is convenient and won’t affect teaching. In addition, a laptop is not very heavy, so students can easily carry it to school.

Jasmine Cho Li, 14, Cheung Chuk Shan College


In our next Talking Points, we’ll discuss:

Do public protests have any effect on what actions a government then takes?

We are now accepting your answers for this topic. To take part, email your answer with your name, age, and school, along with a nice, clear selfie (make sure it’s not blurry), to yp@scmp.com by lunchtime on Monday. Don’t forget to include “Talking Points” in the subject line.

Edited by M. J. Premaratne


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Should schools give out laptops to their students?

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