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Lindsey StreepeyMultimedia Writing and RhetoricMilberger 12 February 2013Technology in SchoolsUsing technology in the classroom has been a common debate for school districtsacross America
.
The fear of the problems with incorporating technology keeps manyschools from installing technology into their curriculum
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Technology is going to prove itself as an incredible tool in both teaching and learning
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Technology gives students and teachersaccess to lessons from the world-wide community, many for free
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Within the school setting,it is nearly impossible to keep up with all of the new technology used with and for students
,
 but there's no denying that technology is changing the daily lives of students
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Technologysuch as laptops
,
iPads
,
and cellphones should be utilized within the classroom in order toenhance learning through the increased use of outside sources and the accomplishment of more complex tasks and can be implemented in the curriculum as well
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A new idea has been developed of letting students bring their own technology intothe classroom
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This idea is named “bring your own technology” or BYOT
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The idea hasmany parents questioning whether this is a good idea
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There can be many problems withallowing students to bring their technology such as the idea that many people fear 
thatallowing students to bring their own digital devices would create too many distractions
 
(Robertson). Some parents also
fear [that] it would exacerbate the gaps between students
who have access to technology and those who don’t”
(Robertson). However, the problems
 
 
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found with BYOT can be resolved
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If technology is implemented properly then “Teachers
can keep control of their classes
,
determining when and how devices are used
,
because
students who abuse the Internet lose their privilege”
(Robertson). If students get distractedon their technology, then they will not be allowed to use it
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Students will not want to gettheir privileges revoked so they will be motivated to stay on task 
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As for the issue of students possibly being singled out if they do not have technology can be fixed
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If theschools lend students laptops then the students will not feel left out
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Also schools that usethe B
YOT idea can also create a “no
-tech zone in the cafeteria to restore lunch as a time for face-to-face interaction
so students are not only focused on their technology (Robertson)
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By implementing this, students are still interacting with one another outside of thetechnology used in the classroom.Many students use their technology during the school day whether or not they areallowed to. Some students text underneath their desk or look up answers to questions. Thisuse of technology cannot be monitored bu
t BYOT encourages students to “take [their owntechnology] out of their pockets and use [them] for instruction” (Stanley). Technology is
inevitable in our society and students will continue to use it even if it against the rules. TheBYOT program will help students learn how to uses their various technology devices to benefit them in their learning. The BYOT program was executed in Forsyth County School
District and “the district has received positive feedback, along with interest in the program”
(Stanley). The success of the BYOT program has initiated other districts interest in allowingstudents to bring their own technology devices to school.Technology in the classroom is not only limited to letting students use their technology devices. Technology can be used by the teachers in their curriculum to enhance
 
 
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the students’ learning and can aid them if they do not understand the material.
Students' useof technology is replacing not only traditional learning but also traditionalorganization
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Many teachers now link their class work and homework online for access24/7
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Some teachers attach links with supporting materials such as power points andvideos
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Many teachers post their own subject-area videos on YouTube. Students who needadditional support because of extended absences
,
learning differences
,
or language barriers benefit when lessons or videos are posted online for viewing and reviewing
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Work can bedone, stored, and turned in electronically
.
Finding assignments and materials is morestreamlined when organized with a PDF reader, the apple cloud and email
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These three waysto organize assignments helps students find them more easily because all the assignmentsand documents that are used in class are in one place and can be accessed effortlessly.
 
Technology can be used in the classroom to create or enhance a lesson
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For example,geometry in lower grades is more fun to teach on an interactive white board because thefigures are in color, and can be flipped and turned, or rotated and dilated quickly
.
Drawingand manipulating figures in color is a natural replacement for a black and white piece of  paper 
 
that can enhance the student’s
understanding of the material. Technology can providea teacher with quick, informal feedback 
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There are many ways students can text or reply toquestions to assess whole-class and individual understanding
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Technology can also helpassess a starting point for a lesson but can't replace thoughtful lesson design
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Teachers whoknow their students and their interests plan lessons that bring the subject to life and helpcreate the meaningful connections that help retention
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Technology also lacks the interactiveexperience of the classroom, of students asking and listening to others' questions and

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