Gotta log in
By: Olivia Diaz
We’ve gone so far into exploring the world of technology, but there’s always more room to grow and learn. Running from technological advances won’t stop them from eventually happening. Not allowing students to enjoy enhanced technology now could harm them in the future.
Most students will join the workforce, and with technology playing a vital role in almost all aspects of our world, it’s important for students to learn how to properly use it. I know we currently offer computer classes, but students use old and worn computers to learn. Advanced technology will allow students to work with programs that are too advanced for our current school computers to use.
Many have questioned the safety of updating our technology, but it will be no less safe to use a school computer. Any and all new devices will have filters and protection on them, and administrators will be able to monitor as usual.
While most students have the privilege of using a computer or internet device whenever they wish, some don’t. Issuing laptops, a suggestion that has been made, would provide these students with the opportunity to type their papers at home instead of trying to find a time during the school day to go to the library to use the computer.
Also, the laptops currently in use on the “computer carts” are almost impossible to use. Every computer is missing some, if not all, of its keys, keyboards have been rearranged, and spacebars are missing. With new laptops, students should be allowed to sign them out with a very strict “you break it; you buy it” policy to keep the new laptops from being as tattered as the current ones.
While I agree that we should update our technology, I don’t think every student should have a MacBook. Laptops would be the most practical device as they’re portable, but the school shouldn’t spend quite so much money on them simply because they’re MacBooks. After all, brand new laptops for a school this size will cost a small fortune. Providing students with these laptops, however, is well worth the investment.
Technology doesn’t make the grade
By: Mary Ryan Karnes
We live in an age of turbulent technology advances, and a student’s understanding of modern innovation is essential to progress and success. The mind and the machine are hardly differentiated in many fields of study due to such a dependence on technology. My opinion does not advocate that schools revert to chalkboards and slates in order to combat such an issue. Drastically increasing technology funding in schools, however, is both impractical and unnecessary. By focusing on the student himself and not the equipment he uses, schools can better prepare the human mind for the challenges and opportunities it will face outside the classroom. Funds can be allocated to extracurricular activities, school safety, and, most importantly, the teaching staff.
Independent thought, communication skills, and creativity are integral to the successful student. Increased dependence on technology has been known to dull the very qualities characteristic of bright and productive individuals. No, technology is not bad; however, the greatest machines cannot replace the human mind and all it has to offer. With increased dependence on technology comes a negative, mechanized streak within schools. By switching funds to improve the quality of education rather than the quality of equipment, administrators can be assured that students are enlightened far after the power is switched off. Funds can be reallocated to the arts or athletics (both worthy causes), but a more radical approach is to support the force that has made education possible long before schools wrote grants for gadgets. Teachers, although their roles as educational and social catalysts and guides are paramount in the lives of children, are grossly underpaid. The low salary that accompanies a teaching position steers away some of the best and brightest educators from an honorable profession. If the funds that are currently set aside for technology were used for teacher pay raises, the quality of education in America would undoubtedly increase. The aforementioned theory is wildly unlikely, but simultaneously practical. As Bill Gates said, “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important. “