Topic: Education

As use of tablets spreads in classrooms, some parents object: are they right?

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Discussion started by Tok Staff:
Tablets are replacing textbooks, adding digital components to learning and are adapted to kids' lifestyles, but they also seem to produce little zombies. Your view?
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Results in this view: Y-makes Zombies 0% - Convince Me 40% - N-but Limit Use 20% - N-embrace/expand 40%
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By Mark Colwell The devil is in the details here... are all kids given equal access to the resource? Is the resource being used to augment or replace traditional teaching? It's important that we take advantage of new technologies and use them to improve education, at the same time it's also important that we understand that newer isn't always better and that careful thought and consideration should go into how technology is being integrated into classrooms.
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By William Dykeman do they not return them to the state at the end of the term
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By Dan Anderson William - In many schools, yes, the tablets are returned, scrubbed and ready for the next year's use by new students. (I wonder if the students have to cover them with grocery bags like we used to do so many years ago with the textbooks.)
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By William Dykeman its a tool right? so why not let all kids have them? if they damage them or steal them then charge them
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By Mark Colwell There are textbooks out there that cost more than a tablet. Issue one at the beginning of the year and then offer a small reward to students if they are still usable at the end of the year. Use that pool to replace the tablets of students when they lose or have one break on them. It's not hard to find a tablet that costs less than $50 bucks.
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By William Dykeman and books are free right?