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A STUDY OF STUDENTSí OPINIONS AND EXPERIENCES ON THE USE OF COMPUTERS AND LAPTOPS IN CLASSROOMS IN DUBAI

Ruqiyabi Naz Awan, The British University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Computer and laptop use in classrooms is now the perceived and desired educational norm. In order to assess the affect of computers/laptops on the dynamics of the teaching and learning environment a questionnaire was circulated to students in Dubai in order to gather their opinions and experiences regarding the use of computers/laptop in their classrooms. Results revealed that students did not use laptops/computers a great deal in educational settings but used them extensively outside of the educational setting for educational, social and information driven activities. The students were able to identify the advantages and disadvantages to the use of technology in their classrooms. Concerns regarding pedagogically driven teaching strategies are discussed.
 

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