As we evaluate the role of technology in the classroom, it is good to hear from the students who are using it. These articles are located on the Coppell Student Media website.
Most recently, student Gabby Sahm wrote “Apps helping students reach new heights” which recommends Nearpod, Evernote and Twitter as useful for the classroom.
Student Kara Hallam discussed the difficulties of the school wide iPad rollout. Her article, “Hallam: new iPads overwhelm campus,” highlighted the issues of distraction, technical difficulties, and social impact of the iPad rollout. For instance, she discusses that lunch is no longer time to socialize: “Now, we actually do spend our lunches consumed by school work on our iPads.” She also brings up the question of the trade-off of the investment versus other ways the money could be spent on the students’ education.
Student George Fairchild provides a different point of view in his article, “iPad initiative will boost student learning despite criticism.” I am encouraged that Fairchild states he feels the iPads have improved his learning. He also presents some study data that students learn faster with technology based instruction, perform better on tests, and reduce costs by eliminating the need for books, toner and paper. Although it is possible to find references to his data, there is no specific information beyond what is listed in his article. It would be important to know what specific kinds of technology based learning were included in the studies (blended learning? PBL?) It would also be very interesting to know what money the school district has saved through the iPad initiative.
A final interesting perspective comes from Julianne Cauley, senior from CHS class of 2013. Cauley’s high school experience spanned the implementation of large changes in the use of technology in the district. Entitled “Technology takes over traditional teaching too much”, it can be read here.