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Plugged In or Plugged Out? Schools have slowly started to implement new technologies into the classroom the latest computers, tablets, projectors, smart boards however schools must be weary of introducing too much new technology, because as instr

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The technological age has dawned upon us. 80 percent of Americans own a computer; they're constantly sucked into their iPods, iPhones, Blackberries, TVs, computers - you name it - from the time they awaken to the time they fall asleep. American teenagers, born into this world of technology as soon as it began to take off in the 1990s, find themselves completely at ease with computers, a trait that is, so far, unique to their generation. Schools have slowly started to implement new technologies into the classroom - the latest computers, tablets, projectors, smart boards - however schools must be weary of introducing too much new technology, because as instructive as they can be, they can also be disruptive and dangerous. When the right balance is found, the public school system - and the students - will surely prosper. ...read more.

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The lewd content, displayed so boldly and proudly, splashed across the pages of millions of websites, is also a problem for schools - one wrong click on a search engine and you could be viewing something you never wanted to see. It's a free-for-all in cyberspace, and there is certainly no quality control, as the Supreme Court ruled it a violation of privacy to regulate free speech on the web. Although technology to conquer these problems is in wide use - Turnitin, a plagiarism detector, and various Internet blocking systems are just a few - they are never 100 percent successful in their quest to make the Internet a less vile place. However, by taking proper safety precautions, schools can protect their students and still ensure they have access to the educational tools the internet provides. Technology has impacted our daily routine so much that rarely do we ever find ourselves using the "old-fashioned" pen and paper. ...read more.

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The world is at the fingertips of students using the Internet - literally. One can take a tour of Paris, London or Rome, and even walk on the surface of the Moon or Mars using Google Maps. Google Art Project gives students the chance to explore art museums around the world, viewing old and new masterpieces with the click of a button. They can easily have a casual conversation via webcam in the foreign language of their choice with someone who lives halfway across the world. The can communicate with their teachers instantaneously outside of school and learn like never before. So what's stopping schools from investing in this new wealth of technology for the betterment of their student body? With sufficient Internet protection in place, students can learn better, and more quickly and effectively, than ever before. If the next generation is properly equipped with the right technology, they sky will no longer be the limit; they can reach for the stars and beyond. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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