Canby school district is incorporating ipods & ipads in their elementary classrooms to help kids learn to read and do math. My little brother learned to search for his favorite videos on youtube before he learned how to write, so I definitely see why this is catching on. Not only are kids enjoying these devices - they are proving to actually increase test scores - and as we all know, the education system today is all about test scores. New York Times agrees.
For a while, students were able to take advantage of technology for their benefit, as their technologically challenged teachers caught up with the times. Not any more. Schools are now using technology to combat the very thing kids used to rely on to cheat.
I'm taking a course this terms called Computer Apps in the Classroom...clearly I'm already excited about the topic since I write this post even before my first day of class...but it is almost certain that I will be engaging this topic further in the coming months.
Do you feel it is important to consider the implications of technology in the classroom? What excites you about increased technology in the classroom? What worries you?