Should students be required to use technology in school?
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My first contention is that with tablets, comes a distraction. According to www.procon.org, 87% of K-12 teachers believe that "today"s digital technologies are creating an easily distracted generation with short attention spans" Because students can become easily distracted, they would be missing the whole purpose of
why schools are giving them the tablets in the first place, to help them learn.
My second contention is that students run the risk of damaging or breaking the tablets supplied by the schools. If a tablet breaks, it requires a experienced technician to fix or repair. Not to mention the bill that the parents would receive. Because the school would have to have a tablet be repaired, a student wouldn"t be able to learn anything for the time being, because he broke the tablet.
My opponent states in her first contention, "If you have technology you would get more answers that are specific and back up with evidence"
That is not neccesarily true. Most students who use technology get answers that are way off, and don't make any since. Second, if students use websites to find answers to mathematical equations wouldn't get evidence to show how they got that answer. All they would get is an answer. Third, students who use websites to get answers, aren't learning anything and wont benefit later on in life.
Thus my opponents first contention is refuted.
My opponents second contention states, "Technology can give students knowledge they could not get from a ordinary teacher."
If students are using technology to find answers for schoolwork, then they aren't learning from a teacher, so there is no proof that they are learning anything from an extraordinary teacher. Thus my opponents second contention is refuted.
My third and final contention is that students can come up with a variety of excuses to get out of doing schoolwork, such as, "I forgot my tablet at home" or "My tablet froze/crashed" Students could also say that they submitted their assignments when they didn't, and blame it on their assignment not getting sent properly. The point is, your opening up a can of worms when you require students to use technology in a classroom environment. If students want to use technology, they should sign up for Virtual School.
I thank my opponent for accepting my challenge
Because of this money saving plan, schools would have an increasingly bigger budget, which could then be use to improve the school.
My 4th and final contentions is that students who use technology are proven to perform better on standardized testing. Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt tested an interactive, digital version of an Algebra 1 textbook for Apple's iPad in California's Riverside Unified School District. Students who used the iPad version scored 20 percent higher on standardized tests versus students who learned with traditional textbooks.
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