Is the integration of technology in the classroom a good thing? Is it better than a classroom with minimal technology? Introducing technology into the classroom can be a good thing, but it can also be bad. Technology costs a lot of money and is always improving.  The costs for 900 ipad minis right now is 283743.1$ dollars that is being taken away from sports, books and a bunch of other things for students!
How often do you see a kid not texting on their phone, ipad or laptop? Because I never see my peers using their technology as a learning device in the classroom setting, I see them using it for their social networking. The only time I ever see a student use technology for work is when they’re told to by a teacher! Even in my English class when we are assigned a task all I see people do is put memes and random stuff on the assigned task!
Although technology is always improving it wont always work. New viruses and malfunctions are always happening! When a new virus comes out Steve jobs creates a better ipad costing the schools even more money! Technology will not work if there is no power, so whenever there is a storm that knocks out the power lines the plans and assignments for teachers at schools are held back!The HWDSB  says in general that there will be more 1 on 1 with students and teachers. They also say that teachers will have enhanced learning on the students.What is your point of view on this? In my opinion a teacher cant have 1 on 1 interactions with a classroom of 30 students everyday. The teacher will barley be able to get through 5 or 6 students a day.
However bad technology may seem money wise it doesn’t compare to how fast you can access facts and obtain knowledge. Also when I did a type speed test and a written speed test I got twice as many words typed then I did by hand. My friends did the tests as well and they got the same results as me. Even with technology being distracting and not always working it does, however, make communication between student and teacher a lot easier! Being able to communicate with teachers outside of school will and already has greatly improved students marks. Students develop workplace and critical thinking habits from using technology in the classroom. Teachers may not be able to get through all of there students everyday but if the student can access technology outside of school they can get in contact with there teacher solving that issue. However on the other side students may not always be able to get a hold of technology.
Although using technology will make teaching and learning a lot faster, the fear of losing sports and clubs for ipads that may not work makes me, and most likely other students not want ipads. So yes, it is better for leaning, but for the students, sports and recreational activities, no. Also who is thinking of the kids view or opinion on integrating technology?
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