Computer Apps Blog Topic #3 & Personal FinancePosted: May 14, 2009
An argument for Ipods
There are several schools of thought regarding the usage of Ipods or MP3 devices in the educational environment. I have been a big supporter of the Ipod since its inception. In many cases it is a lifestyle device. With the newer versions (Ipod Touch, I phone) you are able to read a book on the device through the Amazon Kindle App, Determine your global position , Check your E-Mail, etc. The possibilities are endless. Technology is meant to make your life easier and these devices certainly accomplish this mission. However, in many schools there have been instances of cheating or inappropriate usage with these amazing devices. Many schools allow them for the purpose of receiving podcasts. What is a podcast? Here is a short definition for the uninitiated:
Many colleges and recently high schools, have started utilizing these podcasts as companions to the daily lectures and topics that instructors are using. This has come to be a part of the much ballyhooed or excitement about Web 2.0 movement. The podcast would supplement learning outside of the classroom confines.
I find that the level of engagement among students increases in many cases while students use Ipods to complete tasks at the computer. There is a definite increase in focus.
Here is a particularly convincing argument as to why they should be allowed:
What are the drawbacks then? Do Ipods corrupt the young?
Your blog should discuss both of these arguments and then discuss the “ideal way” to implement them in a school. Does this include instructor permission only?What should the procedure be for those who are caught cheating with their ipods? If you were allowed to use these devices at any time, what would be the effect on your academic life? In some schools, students are issued Ipods at the beginning of the year, much like a textbook. How would you feel about this? Is all this new technology leading to a generation of disconnected students who don’t interact with their teachers or is it strengthening the relationship?
YOU ARE TO ANSWER THIS IN A COMPLETE PARAGRAPH FORMAT. Do not answer as if this was a simple yes or no short answer type of structure.
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