What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Computers in Education?

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Advantages of using computers in education include increased access to information on the Internet and enhanced classroom experiences through the incorporation of visual media. Some disadvantages include the additional cost of purchasing computers, high infrastructure costs such as electricity, and exposure to negative or inappropriate information on social sites.

Students can access classroom material through online classes and conduct research by accessing electronic libraries. Some schools have introduced online support services that allow students to interact with one another. The use of visual media, such as videos, can increase the interest level of students, which enhances their understanding of the learning materials. However, unrestricted access to computers and the Internet can lead to children accessing obscene materials such as pornography.