In recent years, Sandia students have seen an increase of technology in their classrooms. Whether it be iPads, Chromebooks, or teachers allowing students to use their own phones for classwork, it cannot be denied that the use of technology in an educational setting has skyrocketed. Students and teachers alike have differing opinions on this, but the general consensus is that this increase of electronics is a good thing for education.
According to APS, Sandia will be implementing a 1:1 ratio of chromebooks by January of 2020. This means that ideally, every student enrolled at Sandia will have their own school chromebook. This is intended to make education personalized for every student, and make learning easier and more accessible. Whether this initiative will be positive or negative for students, though, is debatable.
The use of technology in the classroom has always had its risks. The security and ethics behind this are all questionable; the idea of implementing chromebooks into the classroom is great in theory, but how will it be managed realistically? It is debatable whether or not this technology will cause issues within the classroom. It hasn’t been explained by our administration how they will handle the chromebook initiative- how security will be handled, student limitations, etc. Because of this, I asked my peers and people in the Sandia community how they feel about the chromebook implementation.
There seems to be a lot of varying opinions on the introduction of personal chromebooks to Sandia. Mr. Burke, math teacher, thinks that technology is ultimately a great thing for education, stating: “Hopefully, teachers will utilize and embrace [technology] because that’s where everything is going.” Mr. Burke believes that technology is necessary in the education system, because students will be encountering technology throughout their whole lives. Many people are of the same opinion, with Luke Bellanca, student, saying “You can constantly learn new stuff that’s up to date… There’s been no real horrible happenings yet, and [technology] is helping.”
But just because electronics are being accepted into the school system, doesn’t mean people aren’t wary. Students are intrigued by the idea, but cautious about how it will be approached. Administration has not gone into detail about how the chromebooks will be distributed or monitored, or even the date they plan to be assigned; they have failed to explain the basics of this initiative. Nevertheless, these unanswered questions will have to be addressed when the chromebooks actually arrive.
Everyone has something different to say about the 1:1 initiative, but we will only see how it truly plays out in January of 2020.