The Importance Of Technology In Education

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“The ratio of students to computers in 1983 was estimated at 168 to 1,” declared Carver. (p.1). However it is now reported by the National Center for Educational Statistics that 97% of teachers in the U.S. have at least 1 computer and the ratio of students to computers is 5.3 to 1. (Carver, 2016). Technology today is expanding and involving within the educational setting. It is not only computers that are available, teachers now have, smart boards, smart projectors, IPads, IPods, smart phones, and the list goes on. With this easy accessibility to electronics in the classroom, how has that driven change in the school district’s personal device policy?
Marsh Creek Sixth Grade Center in the Downingtown School District has a 1 to 1 initiative
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The Board has determined that the presence of personal electronic devices in schools has the potential to distract students from their primary purpose of receiving education and otherwise disrupt the educational environment” (BoardDocsÂ, 2012). This is the purpose the Board states for having an electronic device policy yet the sixth grade center is distributing IPads to each student, who after the first two weeks have the option to pay a $75 technology fee, which allows them to take their device home and personalize the content on their device. If guardians pay this fee for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade they then have the option to purchase the IPad for an additional $50 at the end of the student’s eighth grade year. This device then becomes personal property of the student who is allowed to bring it to school. At the high school level the superintendent is encouraging all students to bring their own device to school. This directly contradicts the current personal device …show more content…
Many parents have shared concerns about their child spending too much time on the IPad or not going outside to play because they are always on the IPad. There are more arguments between parents and children along with higher instances of cyber-bullying because of the unlimited access students have on their electronic devices. “ In fact, two thirds of students surveyed reported that cyber-bullying is just as serious as traditional bullying, if not worse, as people often feel shielded from the ramification of their actions, and therefore, may state things they would not ordinarily say in person,” stated Herrera.(p.2) Cyber bullying impacts not only a school but the community as well. It can have damaging effects on a student’s psyche that will impact society as they become adults within the community. “When polling 1,000 students ranging from ages 12 to 18 confirmed that six in ten teenage students (64.3%) have been a victim of cyber-bullying while four in ten (39.9%) have perpetrated an act of cyber-bullying,” commented Herrera. (p. 3). This issues becomes even larger when schools are providing electronic devices to each student with an unclear policy on the restrictions for the

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