iPads in the Classroom Review

Personal Rating: 3 out of 5

There has been much debate in our community in whether or not iPads in the classroom are a good idea. Some people believe they are too much of a distraction and limits personal interaction. Others believe that it allows student’s to better share their work and prepare for this 21st century world.

I have been lucky enough to experience iPads in the classroom first hand. My teachers have revised their lessons to better incorporate these tablets into the learning experience. Each of the students in my class has their own iPad that they use throughout the day. We are also allowed to take them home.

I like the concept of having technology play an important role in education. However, I don’t think using iPad’s is the right way to do this. They are great for doing research on, but when it comes to other things it gets tricky. Teachers often expect us to take notes, write stories, and create complex projects on our tablet. This is extremely frustrating because there is only so much a student can do with an iPad. In many ways we are limited to how well the iPad is functioning. Often times we have to deal with glitches and apps crashing.

This takes away from the time we should be spending learning. For example, if the Wi-Fi were to go down in the school, teachers would have a hard time conducting class. Right now, we are relying to heavily on the internet. When the Wi-Fi goes down we can’t do our online work and the iPads become useless.

Overall, I think our school had good intentions when they gave us iPads. It has been a fun experience working with these tablets, but I would not recommend this become a nation wide thing. There are too many problems that could result from the use of these tablets. Some times, the old ways are the right ways. I’d take my pencil and paper over a  stylus and a tablet any day.

Free Write Friday

When we were children we used to listen in wonderment as our parent’s described their childhood. We couldn’t believe that they had grown up in a world where they didn’t have the same things as we did. It was shocking and we always responded with “How did you ever survive?”. The funny thing is that I know when I become a parent, my children will ask me the same question. After thinking about this, I compiled a list of things that my children will wonder how I could have lived without.

1. iTunes was created in 2001. That was four years of my life in which I could not instantly download the latest single on my computer.

2. WiFi. Although it was becoming increasingly popular in the 1990’s, most businesses did not begin to offer free internet connection until 2004.

3. Touch screen iPods. My Walkman was the only way I could listen to music on the go. I didn’t get the fancy new iPod touch until 2007!

4. Smartphones. Just five years ago, the coolest phone to have was a Razor. Now everyone has to have a iPhone.

5. Flat screen TV’s. This is something my family does still not own. We have a fine working TV that dates back to 2003. It’s amazing to compare the depth of our television (Two feet) to the televisions today (not even two inches).

5 Hot Topics

1.Central: The outdoor classroom that is being built

2.Local: The fireman that was killed by the drunk driver

3.Statewide: Issue’s involving gun control

4.Nationwide: Legalizing gay marriage

5. Worldwide: Earthquake in China

Social Issue Update

Article: http://kfor.com/2013/05/06/dogs-rescued-in-cruelty-case/

This article was about a woman who was recently arrested and charged with 33 counts of animal abuse. Marla Satterfield was running a puppy mill operation in her home. There were 33 dogs that were rescued.

Reading this article made me really upset. I don’t understand how people can be so cruel to animals. They don’t have a voice, so I believe it is our obligation to speak for them. Abusing and neglecting a dog is wrong and these people need to be punished. Animal cruelty is a growing problem in this country and there isn’t much being done to solve it. When I started this social issue project I knew that animal abuse was a problem, but I didn’t know much details about it. Since then I have discovered so many horrifying things about what people have done to animals across the country. We need more laws in order to protect them. When I began this project nobody was creating a new bill to protect these animals and that is still the case. Animal abuse is a bigger problem than most people think and it’s time that people became aware. They hurt, they bleed, they feel pain too.