Educational Technology

May 27, 2011

Technology ban must end: School board to vote on allowing students to have computers. Finally

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:39 am

By Moira MacDonald ,Toronto Sun

Jenny Williams carries a school board-issued cellphone as part of her student trustee job at the Toronto District School Board. But when I call her on it, she can’t call back until the school day is over, at 3:15 p.m. preferably when she’s off school property. Not that I’d want her to be interrupting class to chat on her phone with me. Still, what about at lunchtime? No can do, says the board’s conduct policy. The same goes for Williams’ laptop computer. She likes an electronic copy of her class notes. So she first takes notes with paper and pen in class, then retypes them on her laptop outside school. It would be nice to be able to type her notes in class directly on the laptop, where she also creates her PowerPoint presentations for class assignments. But that’s not allowed either.

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