This article explains that "...the distribution of technology in our classrooms remains radically uneven. It differs by school and grade level. It differs by region. It differs in the make, model, and operating systems of various computers. It differs in usage." It also differs based on social and economic status of families. She goes on to explain that even some of the schools that do have computers, some have bad internet connections or none at all. However, children and teens that don't own a computer at home are more likely to have a cell phone.
Smartphones and Texting" study by the Pew Internet and American Life
However some schools are reluctant to allow
children and teens use them in class. Others think that it is a great way
for children to communicate and learn about world. However allowing children to
bring their own technology into school poses some problems. "...that
by encouraging students to bring computers from home, institutions will offload
the cost of buying technology on parents rather than insisting that the public
school should shoulder it. As the demand for and cost of technology increases,
it’s certainly a tempting option for many school districts." Allowing
children to bring their own technology to school can also lead to other problems.
Is all technology appropriate for school? Is it fair that some children and
teens have better access to technology at school than others? On the other hand
it is hard for school to keep up to date on the newest technology and maintain
It think this article sheds some light on a few issues discussed in some of our
readings. It deals with media literacy as well as issues of allowing students
to have technology in classrooms. Library School Journal also has several other
articles on these issues.
Tech in School Really Looks Like by Audrey Watters
Watters, A. (2012, April 30). What Tech in Schools
Really Looks Like. The Digital Shift Library School Journal.