Alpine School District board member Brian Halladay just posted this on his Facebook page and I had to share it here. This is a great reason why Utah should NOT pass HB 131 (public education modernization act) to put an iPad in every students’ hands.
Technology is the new squirrel up on the hill. Everyone is chasing it. It’s fun. It’s cool. All in the name of what’s best for kids.
Let’s look down the road. What happens when the new technology students get now gets outdated in 3 years? 3 years ago the IPad was just invented. Three years before that the Ipod Touch came out. What if we had Ipod Touch’s in all our schools? These would be considered outdated by today’s standards.
With education, there is a place for technology, but as with many things, a balance is needed. What if instead of placing an Ipad or laptop in every student’s lap, we were to fund a technology class where the most innovative technologies were taught and used, and updated annually?
Technology can never be given more emphasis than the teacher in the classroom. Students need personal interaction.. Siri doesn’t cut it. Teachers should be given the resources and technology to provide the best learning in the classroom, then teach their students to the best of their ability. Let’s stop chasing the squirrel, and, instead focus on giving teachers the resources they need to inspire today’s students.