Letter: The technology 'squirrel'

Published: Tuesday, March 11 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

"Squirrel!"

Technology in the classroom is the new squirrel up on the hill. Everyone's chasing it. It’s fun, it’s hip and it's done 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 What happens when the new technology students get now becomes outdated in three years? Three years ago the iPad was just invented. Three years before that the iPod Touch came out. What if we had iPod Touches 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 These would be considered outdated by today’s standards.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 should never be given more emphasis than the teacher in the classroom. Students need personal interaction. 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.

Brian Halladay

Pleasant Grove

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