Why should School Districts Invest in Technology?

By Paul Silli

Technology, technology… it is part of our lives and here to stay. But many educators think investing in technology should be restricted for use in schools. Many “naysayers” (those against teaching technology in the classroom) believe schools face more serious problems such as overcrowded classrooms, teacher incompetence, and lack campus security. It is true that many local educational budgets do not have the needed funds to cover teacher salaries, books, and paper supplies… and buying top-notch computers addresses none of these problems. Computers are expensive, costly to maintenance, and quickly become obsolete – which drains essential capital budgets. Yet many school administrators want them desperately.

Of course I’m a huge supporter of investing in, and teaching technology. But the naysayers may have some points.

Have we, as a society become “too dependent” on technology? How do you feel about this?

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11 Responses to “Why should School Districts Invest in Technology?”

  1. Allen Taylor Says:

    Nice writing. You are on my RSS reader now so I can read more from you down the road.

    Allen Taylor

  2. Rolanda Says:

    Are you kidding, of course technology should be supported in fiscal budgets. Yes, we need it to stay competitive in the world; and our kids must learn skills to obtain job security. What a farce…

  3. gatorball Says:

    Thank you for your comments. Yes, we need technology in the classrooms… of course I agree! But maybe we as a society have become too dependent on it.
    You may want to read Todd Oppenheimers Book: The Flickering Mind… He address the overuse and poor usage of technology in education. It’s very interesting. 😉

  4. angie Says:

    HAHA!
    THATS THE DUMBEST STUFF IVE HEARD NOT LEATING KIDS IN SCHOOL NOT USE THE PHONES – WOW ITS JUST LIKE USING IT AT WORK WHEN UR BOSS IS TALKING TO U!!!!
    WE SHLD MAKE A DIFFRENCE OR THE RULES WILL BE GAY IF YOU ACTUALLY WANT TO BE RESPECTED YOU SHLD AT LEAST LET US TRY AND ITLL STILL BE THE SAME MAYBE IF UR TXTING WIEL UR DIVING NOW A DAYS SO WHAT ARE THE RULES GONNA DO STAY THE SAME OR CHANGE!!!!

  5. gatorball Says:

    Thanks Angie for you comments and expressions. Although I do not agree with ya, I appreciate your input. 😉

  6. Christina O'Connor Says:

    Yes i agree with the proper use of technology, but we must learn to limit ourselves to the use of it and not become dependent on it. I am doing an assignment in my college Eng class and I’d like to use the picture above. Please email me about the copyright privileges, thank you.

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  8. Manch Kersee Says:

    School districts should make investments in technology because of some the reasons in your blog. Classes are over crowded and teachers don’t get paid what they are worth. But technology can help with that.

    A hybrid approach to homeschool and in class instruction can reduce the required number of children in a physical classroom. More children can participate virtually.

    Thus, more kids per teacher could equate to fewer teachers and higher pay per instructor. However, it would require that school districts reinvest savings back into their teachers.

    They may not have a choice. More and more teachers are graduating and are requiring technology in the classroom because that’s what they’re use too.

    Just bits and bytes for thought….
    – Manch

  9. Kevin Davis Says:

    Interesting discussion no doubt and in the end it will sadly be decided by money. I was homeschooled up til highschool then went to a small private school and I’m now in college and through it all I’ve had very little access to the internet. I think it is absolutely an incredible tool and would be ridiculous not to use it to at least some of it’s potential. On the other hand, I’ve found myself taking short cuts with everything now that I have a computer. Instead of reading a book or actually researching something I type a keyword into google and I can find the bare essentials I need to know and I’m done. While this is obviously a much more convenient way to learn and to pass a test we as a general rule don’t learn as much because we simply don’t have to. Now this is really more of a personal problem I think, it’s up to each individual student to learn what he or she is going to learn. I think we need to beware that this generation and those to come will only ever have one word answers and they just may be something like our new age conversations: “btw thnks 4 rdg Il ttyl”!

  10. SpackleMcfagpants Says:

    SSDD; techno fear crap again… Yeah lets spend more money on campus security so cops can taser, beat, harass, molest, and just generally turn students into submissive little sheep. We don’t want those evil machines, with access to an open free internet letting them read shit that we haven’t ran through the good ol anti dissent filter! Why they just might realize that they’re getting fucked in the ass then! Can’t have that; can’t have children seeing alternative media online!

    But don’t worry we’re hard at work lobbying new shit to censor the internet; so that you! YES YOU! The fucktard; won’t have to see the evils of the net! You won’t ever have to realize how fare the dick is rammed up your screaming assholes…

  11. Amanda Says:

    I am doing research for my Masters on technology in the classroom. I think that it is necessary to provide a 21st century education for our students. It is very interesting!!


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