Robots or Kids?

 

word wall english classroom
[4] Word wall for uses of technology

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. [1] 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!

[5]students on cell phones in class
[5]Students on cell phones in class.
     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 [6] 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 [2]improved students marks. [3]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?

 

[1]Chapter indigo 2013, http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/electronics/apple-ipad-mini-16gb-wi/885909667611-item.html? [2]Matthew A. Kraft,Shaun M. Dougherty,Harvard, October 2012 http://scholar.harvard.edu/files/mkraft/files/kraft__dougherty_teacher_communication_jree.pdf [3] October 8, 2013, Timothy huneycutt.  http://www.nms.org/Blog/TabId/58/PostId/188/technology-in-the-classroom-the-benefits-of-bq  [4] HWDSB, Word wall for uses of technology  http://classroom-technology.weebly.com/ [5] CNF, December 2014, http://crossvillenews1st.com/students-with-cell-phones-at-school-boe-reviews-current-policy/ [6] HWDSB, June 4, 2014 http://www.hwdsb.on.ca/board/transforming-learning-everywhere/pilots-and-goals/

62 thoughts on “Robots or Kids?”

  1. Rauwn, I can relate to your frustration. In our recent activity, where I tried to get our class to think about what they know and what they would like to know about Shakespeare, we saw the Padlets get hijacked with ‘silliness’. I’m not giving up though as I believe that we can do great things with the tools at our disposal. Sometimes I think that the tools get the blame more than the users themselves. I’m remembering that day and the frustration I had but always remember that it wasn’t everyone. There were many that were fully engaged in the activity and posted some great things. I’m wondering where you think we should put the blame. Do we blame the technology or do we blame the user? I’m also left wondering what you think about Transforming Learning Everywhere (TLE), HWDSB’s direction to outfit all students with a device by 2019. Currently, Nora Henderson and Mountain Secondary Schools are involved in the first phase of this project. As I reflect upon your post I’m wondering how students are using these devices in their classes and if their teachers would agree with you. Certainly there must be some benefit for learning, no?

  2. Check your spelling on this one, Rauwn, and reformat those references at the end of your post. They are not entirely correct. Refer to the handout I provided you in class. Remember that you also have online citation engines such as http://citethisforme.com at your disposal to ensure perfect formatting everytime.

    Also, is this entirely true?

    When a new virus comes out Steve jobs creates a better ipad costing the schools even more money!

    Also, when you say:

    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!

    I’m still wondering if it’s fair to blame the technology without ownership of the user. What are your thoughts on this and what might a teacher do to ensure that all students are met when there are technical issues?

  3. I agree that young people (and lots of older ones too) know only how to use devices to entertain themselves. Thinking and creating with tech seems much harder. I guess that’s why we need school?

    1. I also agree that using technology in class for productive purposes can be a challenge to some students, but it’s a learning process that will take some time. Experiments and sacrifices have to be made in order to find out whether or not technology is the way to go. Therefore, in this process, if students are not using the iPads, laptops, etc. efficiently, then changes should be made involving the amount of time the students use the technology as well as assistance from the teacher during these activities. What if it’s not the technology that’s the problem, but the lessons taught? If the technology is turned into a toy to check their twitter instead of completing their work, then maybe, the lesson, or activities could be a little more lively and exciting. A student may feel bored in class, and using an iPad to check their social media is a quick escape from the dull environment. Connecting with students, one on one, who feel this boredom can result in less of lollygagging, and more learning. I’m all for the increase of technology in the working environment, and I don’t believe the technology to be at fault when it comes to misuse of time in class, but rather the students themselves. You can push and push and push a student so hard to achieve greatness, but no matter how much work you put in as a teacher, it’s up to the student on whether or not they want to succeed. If they want to fool around on an iPad and fail the class, then so be it, because in the end, it is THEIR education.

      1. Yes you are right however a teacher doesnt want a single student to fail. also if one student is going to fail he/she will try to get others to fail or distract others. What do you say about that? and yes the lessons could be more interactive and bright.

  4. One of the things we are learning is that we do need to teach students how to use technology to support learning. Students have many skills, especially related to technology. We are working at supporting them in using those skills and applying them to support their learning.
    I was interested to read your opinion about the fear of losing sports or clubs. These are important to all school communities and I know that I can say that we are not going to lose funding for sports or clubs to implement technology.
    Can you think of other things that may come out of a school budget that could be reduced because of technology?
    Check out this link to a video. It is over 4 years old and talks about changing education. It also may give you a few hints about budget.

    1. funding for paper and pencils and text books. At my school we already are using recycled paper for notes because the school cant afford paper anymore but yet my english class has a full set of ipads. Also in my entire school we only have 15 gr 10 science text books for 3 classes this semester, but at the same times my peer tutor class has a full set of ipods. In theory the school budget for text books and paper is reduced by technology.

      1. While true that we have a set of iPad minis for our use, remember that they are on loan as part of a collaborative inquiry project to support our learning and a shift in practice regarding HWDSB’s Transforming Learning Everywhere initiative. Rauwn, Mr. Kunc is the principal of Nora Henderson Secondary School – currently involved in the initiative with a 1:1 iPad ratio for students. He is an amazing resource. Why don’t you ask him how students are using the devices at the school and how learning has changed as a result? Every student at the school has an assigned device. I’ll chime in shortly how they have transformed our learning in class. Do you not recognize a bit of a difference in how we are able to explore ideas and concepts by having access to the devices? Do you not see paper as a bit of a “one trick pony”? What are these thin slabs of glass capable of? Are you sure that you are looking at the whole picture? Also, what about the environment? Explore this at a deeper level – research is necessary.

      2. That’s an interesting point, but remember that the reason that we cant afford paper anymore is because we used much more in the past two months then normal and spent a huge portion of the budget. its not that we can’t afford papers anymore, we are just using more then in the past. Also while we do have a shortage of textbooks, most textbooks (science in particular) have a copy you can access online for free. This is our grade 10 science textbook if you need it.

        http://www.nelson.com/scienceperspectives/10/uniflip2/unitE/index.html

      3. I understand what you are saying with how we are able to access most classes online. On the other hand is everyone able to access the internet all the time? If the use of paper is always increasing the school can only hold it to a standstill but eventually teachers and students will go back to there old ways and print off a bunch of paper once again.

    2. Thank you Mr. Kunc for your comment. As a classroom teacher I, too, have seen the need to support students in their learning as it pertains to these tools. Whereas many students have devices (laptops, iPhones, Blackberries, Androids, iPads) etc. that they carry with them on a regular basis, I find that they are somewhat saavy with the apps they use regularly for entertainment (Snapchat, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter) but they struggle with exploring all of the potential the device has and can offer to them. For example, every student in my classes has a personal blog for individual inquiry of passion topics. At the beginning of the year, following my request for a show of hands, there were none that knew of the Commons or had a personal blog elsewhere (one of my students had a YouTube channel – awesome by the way). It took time on my part as an educator to explore this with the students and to help them to understand the power of the tool. Many are thriving in the environment – some are not. Ultimately, however, it is an exploration of discovery and learning in which I, as the teacher, and my students are learning together. While it is true that we have a “paper shortage” currently (as Ron and Jaimee have mentioned) it is also true that, as you mention, “[We] are working at supporting them in using those skills and applying them to support their learning.” We are rethinking our practice. It’s a process and a time for learning for all of us. We know, as educators, that we are preparing our students for jobs that may not yet exist. The digital world is a reality and it’s not going away. Do we resist or do we try to find ways to incorporate the power of these amazing tools into the learning realities of our students. Ron, this is my reflection as an educator on your thinking. Has this provided you with a new perspective? While I respect your opinion, I want you to consider the other 1,149 students at the school. Would all of them agree with you? Are they all the same? Do they all learn the same? What do you think?

      1. Mr.Puley this reply is a reply to all of your comments just to simplify things. Yes I understand that using pencil and paper limits are learning quite a bit while at the same time it does destroy the environment. People grow trees and nurture trees for a living which already argues paper destroying the environment. Yes pencil and paper doesnt get us all the facts and technology can but what happens when the power goes out or a blackout happens? Although technology helps us with are spelling and grammar it forces us to rely on spell check. If kids rely on spell check from gr 1 they dont learn how to spell or write properly, what happens then? what happens when they have to do the literacy test in gr 10? Students who have ‘needs’ will get the proper ‘treatment.’ Im not saying get rid of all technology all im saying is that we as humans should not be so dependent on it. We dont need to make a school all technology. you talk about people who have difficulty writing but what about people who have difficult typing and understanding technology? Since you talk about respect with technology im going to purpose you a question. How many times have you had a student check there phone or tune on music while talking to you? Is it not a bit rude when your trying to talk to someone about something important and they check there instagram or facebook while you talk to them? I already see in academic and applied classes students on there phones ‘tweeting’ or texting each other. Giving them ipads is exactly the same thing as saying to them its okay to text your friend, education doesnt matter. Dont get me wrong I do think that technology can help us learn greatly but people will always misuse and abuse it. Before you give students ipads you should teach them how to properly use it.

  5. This post made me consider some ideas about technology that I had not previously put together. For example, I had not thought about the impact of technology costs on the available dollars for sports. If we truly value physical activity then your contention that technology might take people away from sport is worthy of more debate.

    Do you think we could co-create meaningful ways to have technology AND all the other things we value as humans?

    Rauwn, your writing style shows that you think well and can craft opinions. When you polish this piece for maximum impact, you’ll be able to edit for spelling and punctuation. With these two things in place perfectly your ideas will have even more impact. I like the risks you took in ‘publishing’ your ideas. Thanks.

    1. of course we can co-create with technology in meaningful ways. We as humans just have have to be not so dependent on technology but instead value and respect as another human in a sense.

      1. Ron, please consider Mrs. W’s comments regarding your spelling and grammar. Please proofread and consider your writing with a critical eye and write in full sentences with appropriate punctuation. Also, can’t I respect another person while using technology? What do you mean by this? How might technology limit how people value and respect each other?

    2. Mrs W I don’t think you really need to consider that the cost of technology effects the costs for sports because I spoke to one of my fitness teachers and they had said that the budget of technology and lets say paper is completely different from the budget of sports for instance our school had recently renovated our fitness room for a high amount of money, while this paper crisis is still going on and she said that the budgets are totally different.While the budget of paper is at a all time low the budget of physical fitness/gym still is capable of buying.

  6. Hello! I love the premise of this article, mostly because I too beive that technology in the class room is having a detrimental effect on learning. The more we integrate technology into the classroom, the more money it costs for schools to teach children. That cuts the budget for paper (as we have seen in the recent days) and also other things. I am on many committees and I have seen the lack of money for various school functions. We are so dependent on technology, if there was a mass power outage from a solar flare from the sun, or something else, the world would be in a state of disrepair! What happens when we rely on technology for too much, when we cant spell or have proper grammar without a spell checker? I think this is the beginning of the end. Kids now adays cant even sigh their name due to cursive writing being taken out of the curriculum and replaced by computers. Where does this all end? Where is the line?

    Great article, however I did see some spelling errors and the article could do with more statistics to prove your point and maybe a few more multimedia elements.

      1. One thing I see with paper and pencil is that the onus for proper spelling and grammar is completely on the user. Meanwhile, with a digital device, the user receives real time suggestions for correction. Do you not see this as a positive for supporting learning? Also, what about students that struggle with fine motor skills and have difficulty writing? Wouldn’t a device that turns speech to text not be beneficial to that student’s learning? Think about the bigger picture and always remember that you can edit and revise your post any time prior to evaluation.

    1. Great questions! You really made me think and consider where we are headed with our dependence on technology. A fictional book; The Rule of Three, by Eric Walters explores the consequences of our reliance on technology in a very “what if” kind of way. Eric Walters has done a very good job of analyzing what would happen if all the technology around us failed.

      I have included the summary of the book below:

      The Rule Of Three
      A person can last 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food. A community begins to die in just seconds

      One shocking afternoon, computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At sixteen-year-old Adam Daley’s high school, the problems at first seems to be a typical electrical outage, until the students discover the cell phones are down, municipal utilities are failing, and the only vehicles that function are a few ancient computer-free cars like Adam’s. Driving home, Adam encounters a storm tide of anger and gear as the region becomes paralyzed. Soon – as resources dwindle, crises mount, and chaos descends – he will see his suburban neighborhood band together for protection. And Adam will understand that having a police captain for a mother and a retired government spy living next door are not just the facts of his life but the keys to survival.

      1. that is very interesting and possible could happen and if it did are whole education system will fall at this point. thank you for sharing this with me.

  7. Hmm, that’s a thought provoking article. However I had some difficulty understanding you key points. You don’t mention the main ideas in your opening paragraph and many of your paragraphs seem to split to multiple key issues rather then just focusing on one. Also some key arguments seem to come out of no where. In your closing paragraph, you mention the fear of losing funding for areas like sports and clubs. Is that a legitimate fear? Could a re-balance of the budget for technology hurt other areas? You never cite any of this.
    Also, you seem to focus entirely on handheld technology like phones and i pads, but fail to mention other aspects of how tech is used in school, for example this and other websites, the hundreds of computers newly bought by the school, or smart boards. Since you chose such a broad topic, it’s strange that you only focused on a small part of how technology is being integrated.
    Anyway, interesting article and I look forward to your response.

  8. Would you say that the misuse of technology will get better or worse from now? In my opinion, I think that it would because we will get used to it. We just started integrating technology into classes and I know some kids like to fool around because they’re like “Hey, this is the only time the teacher will let us pull out our phones”, but 10 years from now when technology is a our main resource, it will feel like its a regular thing.

    I can understand what you are trying to say in your blog post. You could improve it more by talking about the opposite Pov.

    1. i do talk about the other opinion. i understand that technology can help us greatly and it is better then pencil and paper in many ways but at the same time it has its drawbacks. I see what you are saying on how technology will become a regular thing but at the same time do you think that even though it will become a regular thing will people still misuse it just because of the fact that its there and they can take advantage of it?

  9. I don’t want to continue the argument against your topic because this is an Opinion piece so I just want to try and help you improve your blog. The thing that jumps out at me the most for things needed in this blog post is that technology in school makes certain forms of cheating much easier (I don’t cheat). I mean who in their time hasn’t had some fun Internet quiz open in one tab and a walk through/Wikipedia open in the other. But once again I think you do still have an opinion and should continue to grow on that opinion.

    1. you are right it does make cheating easier. Especially with the ability to text it makes cheating so easy its unbelievable. But what if a teacher is watching them through there device?

      1. I like the argument that a development in technology could result in further academical cheating, and maybe someone could make a post about it, but I disagree with your point that cheating is “so easy it’s unbelievable”. Teachers can tell when someone is utilizing a phone in class just strictly based off where their attention is focused. Also that is why during exams teachers either collect all the phones, or ask that you keep your belongings in the front of the room.

      2. If you are good at it your attention will look like its on the test not the phone. Also exams are now becoming online, in my peer tutors class which is a gr 9 applied English class they were doing the practice literacy test and it was done all online. The whole time I had to walk around the class room and tell people to close all the other tabs because they were cheating.

  10. Despite the fact that I would rather use a pencil and paper any day for learning as opposed to a computer, I am not totally against incorporating some technology into learning as long as it is kept to a minimum. I think that if technology is used too much it will have negative impacts on the students seeing how it is a fact that too much screen time will cause eye strain and the more time you spend on a device, the more time you will crave on it. Like the commercials they have on T.V about how screen time is taking over play time. its because things like phones, video games and social media do get addicting. I think young children should not be focused on using the internet. I think they should be learning the basics of reading and writing. I think that the students should use the internet starting at grade four as long as they are taught what healthy consumption of time is and how to use it appropriately. I do however like your point of how students may not use it appropriately. I was sent in a computer class one day with my friends to print something off and where I was standing I could see these two kids at the back of the room completely off task, taking advantage of the fact that they were at the back of the room and the teacher couldn’t see what they were doing. Do you think technology could be used without the fear of students getting of task to play games? Do you think there are ways to prevent them from wandering off task like teachers making the lesson more interesting with technology or having the teacher walk around the room and occasionally check on the students?

    1. your comment is very interesting and I did enjoy reading it. Even if students are watched and basically forced to stay on task that will make them want to break the rules and get off task even more. lets be real here when many parents or teachers tell a kid or student to do something they do the opposite or rebel towards them. We all have done it, which makes me believe that teachers should teach students how to use technology appropriately instead of forcing it on a student. Do you agree with me?if so why? if not why aswell?

      1. I totally agree! To me, when I am asked to do something in school, I know it will count towards my mark and I will have restrictions on it. I feel that this takes away a certain degree of creativity and makes the task therefore seem less appealing than if you were to do it on your own and be as creative as you want since it is just for fun and truly something that you want to do. However, in your previous comment, you lump all students together. You say “when many parents or teachers tell a kid or student to do something they do the opposite or rebel towards them.” Do you really believe that ALL students will rebel?

      2. not all but most students will. and i totally agree with you aswell but at the same time doesnt it take a lot of responsibility to control yourself especially when you have so many ways you can fool around?

  11. This is certainly a very interesting article! The use of technology in classrooms holds many advantages and disadvantages, these specifically depend on which tasks the technology is being used for. One of the benefits of using technology in the classroom include access to a wide variety of material in a short period of time when conducting research. At the same time, a study conducted at Princeton proves that note-taking by hand is more beneficial than note-taking on a laptop. It was proven that students taking notes by hand processed the information they were writing down, they then recognized and noted down the important points. Students taking notes on laptops tended to copy information down verbatim, they wrote down everything they heard, not taking the time to process and recognize the important information.

    The study can be found below:
    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/05/to-remember-a-lecture-better-take-notes-by-hand/361478/

    The key to integrating technology in the classroom is blending learning, something that educators at HWDSB are working towards. Blended learning involves a mix of technology and hands on, paper pencil learning. Together, teachers and students should work towards forming a balance when integrating technology in the classroom. The world is advancing, and we need to advance with at. By using technology in the classroom, as students, we can become aware of the various tools we can use, as well as learn effective ways to use technology. At the same time, I feel that students should be given the option of using technology, some may prefer and be more comfortable using an older method, while for others, using technology may be the best way.

      1. I truly believe that all classes should be blended; balanced between the use of technology, paper and pencil. The world is evolving and advancing, we need to advance with it. At the same time, some task are better than simply, using paper, whereas others are quicker, easier and more interestingly done using technology . Blended learning allows for the appropriate and effective use of technology and paper. It would allow us to use technology to our benefit, when we think it is the best thing to use. Blended learning is a balance between paper and technology, it allows us to advance but to use simpler tools when necessary. Blended learning would be effective in a classroom.

  12. I find the topic you are talking about interesting Ron because when it comes to technology we as young people can use it irresponsibly. But you forget to look at the advantages of technology can be to a classroom environment look at this website for more details.
    https://www.boundless.com/education/textbooks/boundless-education-textbook/technology-in-the-classroom-6/edtech-25/advantages-of-using-technology-in-the-classroom-77-13007/

    Also try to change the theme of your blog because I find the theme you have currently little bit bland. If you change your theme you might attract some more people to your blog. As a whole your blog was great Ron keep it up.

    1. it seems that my topic is very interesting and doesnt need a theme to me but i do understand what you are saying. Also i do understand the advantages of technology, read my other comments to others.

      1. I agree with the fact that this post is interesting, but (as I try to keep an open perspective) as Najib was saying, a change in theme would make the blog more visually appealing, and can also give people a good impression of the blog before reading the posts. This is still your blog though, and you control the reigns when it comes to appearances of your own virtual platform.

  13. Good job, Ron! Very well said. Your views seem to be very sure to you, therefore better convincing those who are reading your article to side with you, but still understand the opposing view points you gave them. I do agree that technology can have it’s ups and downs in a school setting, but no method of learning is perfect, and it is important to evolve our ways of learning as the world evolves around us. This is a very controversial topic that touches on many things, and you seemed to explain a lot of them, which makes your post more intriguing for readers. All I’d say for advice on improvement is to make sure your points are as clear to the reader as they are to you, and fix up a few small grammatical errors. Other than that, this was done really well.

    1. Thank you. i understand that we evolve and become more knowledgeable as the world around us evolves but we shouldn’t just take one big leap into technology it should be baby steps. do you agree?

      1. That’s a good point, and I do agree, but I feel as if that’s what’s happening. Different kinds of technology have been increasingly implemented over time, such as projectors, computers, “smartboards”, personal devices, etc. Even though many things that exist in schools for learning purposes today do not seem very high tech, they once were, and then people got used to them and they became “the norm”, and I believe that, even though using mobile devices and similar technology for learning purposes does seem a bit alien or foreign now, eventually, it will be accepted as a regular learning tool. So yes, I do believe that we should be taking baby steps, but I feel as if that is exactly what’s happening.

  14. I really like your idea, I to believe that technology is kind of taking over but you have some faults in the article that you should possibly explain more about.For example it seems like your saying you want technology completely gone and out of the schools but like I said this morning during our class conversation I think you meant to minimize the amount of technology.Also you need more facts like actual things that happened in the past with technology that could possibly be shown in the article to state why? its a bad idea but all I seem to see are just personal facts.Like “my friends did the tests as well they got the same results” or “I see”.

    My question to you would be…
    what would you do, if technology was the only thing we had to teach the students? because it seems to me that this paper “crisis” is gonna go on for the rest of this year and who knows what’s going to happen down the road.

    1. Technology shouldnt be banned. Read my other comments and you will understand more. Also im okay with using technology its just that we dont have to and we shouldnt. How about you

  15. In my opinion, you could’ve put a better title, since the title that you have up right now doesn’t relate to your topic or argument. It is a well written post and is discussing an important topic. However, I don’t completely agree with you. While it is true that the iPads will cost a lot of money, they will probably last for a good three years. Wasting money on paper would be worthless, because we use them once for only one subject. If they give every student an iPad at the beginning of the year and take it from them at the end, they will definitely use it for more than one subject. Also, you can’t use iPads for everything. There is no way that I can use an iPad for math.
    Another point is that as of right now, students don’t get their own iPads. When we need them in a class we get them in that class and give them back at the end of class. No one would be stupid enough to sign into their social media accounts on an iPad and risk forgetting to sign out. We usually just use our phones for that, at least I do, since they are very good at texting, giving us small keyboards to type on and perfect portability.

    1. An average school spends approximately $25,000 on paper each year. so an ipad would be good for 3 years that means a school would spend around $75,000 on paper compared to 283743.1$ dollars for ipads. Buying paper costs a lot less money for the schools. Also you just admitted to me that you personally use your device for non-educational purposes. Schools are trying to make all classes blended eventually. soon after they do that, they will make all classes full out technology.

  16. I do understand many frustrations that the students are having with the use of technology in school. However, as you explained earlier, with the electric devices, teachers are able to interact with more students and able to communicate with them outside of the school time. At the same time, students are able to access to many more resources and informations. Generally, it seems like there are more pros than cons in using technology. What do you think? In addition to that, wouldn’t students be able to learn through their experience? To me, it seems like it’s better for students to try using technology then fix the problems than having them sit down and listen to lessons on ‘how to use technology appropriately’. What would be your idea? Do you think you would be able to reduce inappropriate use of technology through lessons?

    1. if they learned how to use technology properly they wont have to fix the problem its better they take one lesson then learning after many lessons later. If they miss many lessons there going to be behind, bringing the result of failing in the problem. Also for your other questions look at my other comments

  17. This is a good post! However, you focus too much on ipads and devices such as smartphones. In order to enhance your blog, you should address other technological devices such as computers, laptops, smart boards, projectors, and televisions just to name a few. Although cell phones and ipads can be distracting for some students, it isn’t for all which is an important fact to realize. Technology has allowed for blended learning which is very beneficial to the learning environment of a student in many ways. Many students enjoy using technology as opposed to pencil and paper, I don’t, however I am starting to realize how it can enhance/benefit my learning experience. The best thing you can do is trust that the students are using the devices properly, if not, there are many appropriate solutions to the problem. For one, the teacher could not allow the students who misbehave to have access to the devices. With all that being said, I believe that there should be a good balance between pencil and paper, and technology. Technological devices allow students to do things that they aren’t capable of doing because of the power of apps. I have enjoyed doing new activities in Mr. Puley’s class and it has also livened up English class, such as blogging, and interacting with other students on the web. Finally, there is a time and place for everything and sometimes it is better to use pencil and paper, and other times technology seems to do the job more efficiently.

    1. Your saying that if a student doesnt use the device properly to take it away from them? if so isnt that contradictory to using devices in the classroom because every student has that one person they need to text back or that one random thing too see ect. while at the same time if a student is unable to use a device in a classroom that is technology based, how will he or she do well in it? You cant force someone to do something. Have you ever heard of the saying you can lead a horse to water but you cant make it drink? if you have then you should understand that you can only try to suggest appropriate things to do to others so they dont rebel towards you. As i was saying earlier if you take away a device for inappropriate behavior with it then after a max of 3 days every student wont have a device.

  18. As we discussed in class, I don’t believe that an inanimate object can be to blame for any students behavior. Also, just because a portion of the whole population abuses the resources they are given, that doesn’t mean that nobody should be able to use them. A lot of your arguments have revolved around the students and how they aren’t trustworthy enough to use these ipads etc. and you are using these faults in the students to discourage the use of the technology, which hasn’t done anything wrong. Apart from that, I appreciate your passion towards the subject but with a little more thoughtful research, your post may have been considerably more reasonable, and less of a rant.

  19. That was a suggestion. You could also teach your students the proper way to use the devices. If you take the devices away from the students, they will act better the next time they receive one. Moreover, not every student misbehaves with technology, the responsible students will use it well.

  20. If people act irresponsibly with the devices, there should be consequences. Likewise if they act responsibly, they should be allowed to continue to use such technological devices.

  21. In response to: “not all but most students will. and i totally agree with you aswell but at the same time doesnt it take a lot of responsibility to control yourself especially when you have so many ways you can fool around?”
    Personally I believe that this depends on the person. Responsibility is something that everyone has, even a little bit. I understand that your point is that it is tempting to some people, but with the maturity level of high school students, they should know that there is a time and a place for everything.

    1. Your totally right and with this teachers should teach students how to be responsible at school and outside of school not only with technology but also being being responsible for themselves.

  22. You know very well that I nitpick, but after reading this I believe there is a strong argument, but it’s almost like there’s too many arguments, or points you’re trying to prove. My advice would be sticking to a central theme, and therefore having the biggest impact on your topic. Other than the organizational component, and a few grammatical errors along with a spell check this post is quite intriguing, and makes me question the future of learning within classrooms.

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