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Technology in the Classroom

In the midst of the worldwide technology boom, our nation’s leaders are trying to find a responsible way to enhance our youth’s learning experience by assimilating technology into daily education.

This assimilation is already beginning, and parents and students support the use of online textbooks and mobile devices like Apple’s iPad, according to a study by Project Tomorrow. In theory, introducing these technological advancements into the classroom could benefit students, but unfortunately many districts cannot afford these upgrades. Some argue that technology should be brought into the school districts that can afford upgrades, but wouldn’t that just widen the gap between the low-income schools and the well-off schools?

Online textbooks are appealing because their content will always be relevant. Instead of schools purchasing new textbooks every year, software will be constantly updated. However, there are some schools that can barely afford enough textbooks for every child in the classroom. Shouldn’t states and the federal government allocate money to provide basic necessities for districts that are suffering rather than give excessive amounts of money to districts that already have the school supplies they need?

According to the Associated Press, more than 600 public high schools have already started using iPads in school. Many schools have pioneered an experimental program in which iPads are being given to one classroom to see if they are beneficial. In these programs, teachers are required to keep hard copies of the online text for students without Internet access at home. We should expect to see these types of programs nationwide in the coming years. Many state governments are including technology in education legislation now. For example, the state of Florida will require schools to allocate half of their budget to digital resources by 2015.

Technology can undoubtedly benefit our education system by providing students with more resources and a new way to learn, but how can new technology be introduced in classrooms so that it doesn’t divide students into the haves and have-nots?

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