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Editorial: School computers

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

In today's world technology plays a major role. The use of smartphones, tablets, laptops and other computer devices can make work more efficient. Likewise, young people are increasingly becoming more tech-savy. So it's no surprise that some schools are implementing more technology in the delivery of education.

The Cape Girardeau School District may soon follow this lead through the "1:1" initiative. The district is looking into purchasing laptops or netbooks for some classrooms in the coming school year. Depending on how this experience turns out, the program could go districtwide.

The proposition of having a computer or tablet for every student is a nice idea, but there are a number of issues to consider before moving forward. In a two-part story that recently appeared in the Southeast Missourian several of these issues were addressed.

The good news is that the district appears willing to move slowly and hear from a range of people.

A committee including teachers, administrators, parents and other community members will hold meetings this summer. The first will be 5:30 p.m. June 25 at the central district offices, 301 N. Clark Ave.

If you have an opinion or any special insight on the issue, we hope you'll attend and share your thoughts with the committee.

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Having technology in a classroom to satisfy a trend is pointless. These instruments have to be monitored at every turn. If silicon valley employees are opting to send their children to a private school that allows no technology, why are we doing this? The computer gurus want their children to first have imaginations without the crutch of technology. Math, reading, and writing without a gimmick is great!I like their idea!

-- Posted by LiberalDemocrat on Wed, Jun 20, 2012, at 9:25 AM

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