Effects Of Technology Ineffectiveness Essay

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Technology Ineffectiveness Technology makes our world go ‘round, especially in schools. Most big schools have gone almost completely paperless, meaning all of their work is done on a laptop or tablet. Even smaller schools have many sets of computers for the students to access, and some give a laptop or tablet to each student for schoolwork, which is known as 1:1. My school, Liberty Center, is fairly small, but spends large amounts of money on technology that is not being integrated properly. Thousands of dollars spent on SMART Boards that are not even being used could easily be used to help our school go 1:1, but it is being wasted. Time taken to put restrictions on websites that help students is also a complete waste. Liberty Center wastes …show more content…
This class requires research and use of the internet. Unfortunately, our school drastically restricts website access. Huffington Post, which had the perfect article for my paper, was blocked, and categorized as “adult.” I tried dozens of other websites, but they were all “adult,” even though they are educational websites. Some of my friends did not have internet at home, so there was no way they could get on to those websites at any time. My mom texted me and told me that her elementary class could not vote for one of our bowlers for athlete of the week because the website was blocked. Her class was not able to vote together, so our athlete might not win. I had to settle for a decent article, even though I could have had full access to a great article that probably would have given me a better grade overall. I got tired of searching for websites that were not blocked and had to wait to write my paper until I got …show more content…
Our entire lesson that day was to use an online translating service, but for some reason the computer cart was not in our teacher’s room. Liberty Center created a Google calendar specifically for teachers to reserve these limited carts for their classrooms. This is an easy service that allows a teacher to sign out a cart for a certain time of day in an organized fashion, but for some reason even though the cart was scheduled to be in the Spanish room, it is nowhere to be found because no one was implementing the technology put in place for this exact reason. Our teacher ended up letting us chat for the rest of the period, which obviously did not help us with our Spanish speaking at all. If administrators had made it clear that this was the best way to go about signing out carts, we would not have wasted fifty minutes of our day doing nothing. Another example of how technology is restrictive in that class is that we were supposed to be doing a project where we turned lyrics of a song into a tool for learning Spanish, but as it turns out, the lyric websites were blocked on the school WiFi for the reason “Music.” Apparently, even music is not allowed to be seen on the school

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