New technology: How will Utah respond?

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  • donahoe NSL, UT
    March 5, 2014 9:16 a.m.

    Kudos to the authors.

    The problem begins with language - the misuse of the word "technology". When a teacher turns on the classroom lights, he/she is using technology. If we believe toys are technology, our future dims.

  • Utah Teacher Orem, UT
    March 5, 2014 12:24 a.m.

    I am a teacher and a technology teacher at that! I think this whole idea is a massive mistake. This will be nothing but a nightmare for the schools. Having a cart of tablets is definitely the way to go. Give each school 1 or 2 carts per department and we should be good to go. One per kid? No way.

    Another thought. If we have $200,000,000 lying around, why have we been holding out on the schools for so long? The student population has risen drastically in the last few years with no new money. That means larger class sizes. Where has this money been hiding?

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    March 4, 2014 11:02 p.m.

    We have a Title I school in our district where students got i-pad for grants. Let schools and programs within schools try to get fed money first.

    I'm not sure ipads will revolutionize education for the students who received said ipads. Great points in the article as well in these posts. Mobile labs can be just as useful. Also, ask any teachers how distracting cell phones can be. I see these as much a hinderance as a tool. But with a mobile lab, the teacher can better direct the learning objectives and the specific use of the technology. But fighting the students on appropriate times to use technology from cell phones to now ipads in class can be frustrating and counterproductive.

    Further, there is the issue of obsolescence. Will money continue to funnel in or will this be a one-shot deal? Will it come with training and support software?

    Finally, I think many teachers won't be excited by all this new gadgetry, instead the overworked, underappreciated Utah teacher will look at this as another slap in the face that they are valued less than an ipad.

  • Monsieur le prof Sandy, UT
    March 4, 2014 5:03 p.m.

    Technology is but a tool, and a limited one at that. The real learning takes place when you have a well-trained teacher using "best teaching methods" based on research and classroom experience. Put the money into training!

  • Goldminer Salem, ut
    March 4, 2014 3:19 p.m.

    Let the parents provide it if needed or let the school provide them on a temporary basis when the class needs them. Many schools already do this now with laptops. Giving the students an iPad is an unnecessary expense and opens the student to a wide range of bad stuff, too. And, yes, there are ways to protect them--at least for awhile, but best not to do it in the first place. And excellent article that should be read by ALL our legislators!

  • Mom of 8 Hyrum, UT
    March 4, 2014 10:15 a.m.

    I thought anyone reading about the debacle that occurred last year in LA with giving out ipads to students would have realized what a irresponsible and poorly thought-out idea this was.

    Apparently our legislatures don't watch the news?

  • Mamma C HEBER CITY, UT
    March 4, 2014 9:30 a.m.

    Thank you, Autumn and Alyson, for these important, very timely, insights.