Effects of Using Technology as a Substitution for Education for Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Capstone Project (Open Access)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
The COVID-19 pandemic brought the world in a state of isolation where nearly all of the students were forced to go to school online and be facing a computer screen for many hours throughout the day. However, online education brought many burdens and inequities amongst the students, especially with those living in poor conditions and from minority races. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to analyze and understand the effects of using technology as a substitution for education during the pandemic. The research process started through voice interviews, but because of time conflicts and schedule changes, questionnaires were instead given to the subject participants. After about a month and a half, there were a total of 34 respondents (5 teachers and 28 students). Once all of the responses were evaluated, it was found that there were in fact, various effects of using technology as the prime means of learning. To start off, student academics and grades were lowering drastically and cheating became a habit, especially because of the “no-harm” policy. Students also saw themselves becoming less fit and active because of the excess amount of screentime and social skills were hindered since the students were kept in isolation for so long. One of the main reasons for this is because there was an unequal distribution with good wifi connection, thus preventing millions of students from having a proper education. Many teachers and higher-ups are still investigating this issue and if we continue to pay more attention to these effects, we could possibly find a better solution to help the students who were left behind their peers for a reason that they themselves could not even control.
Jimenez, Brian, "Effects of Using Technology as a Substitution for Education for Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic" (2023). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 1542.