I wanted to take the same approach as noelle did in asking her parent for his opinion, my father Mr. Allen was a teacher in the providence school system where he taught computers (ironic i know) and math before he retired due to my mom's death. My father and I talk about technology all the time because he is amazed that technology has became too popular of the course of the couple of years. He said
"Technology is beyond my reach now I feel. When I was teaching computers, my students still had to memorize answers to their other course and when doing research projects or trying to find the answers to a question. Students did not have cellphones or if they did they did not bring them to school. Now 10 year old students have cellphones and are bringing them to school and class. I believe that in today's society technology would definitely help students learn because they will be more engage. My only problem with these is, what do you do when the technology is the problem and not the solution. In other words, what happens when you have students who use their technology devices for personally use and becomes a problem in the classroom? what do you do then? Do you take their technology devices away? Do you punish them? Good questions but now if you do take it away or punish them, how would they learn with the other students of the class. I mean this concept can be argued on both sides. Personally though, from my previous years in teaching, i would have to say allowing new technology in schools today would certainly be a positive aspect."
After talking to my dad, I then reread certain parts of the article which i could understand why my dad said placing technology in the school system would be a positive aspect because Wesch stated "For at the base of this “information revolution” are new ways of relating to one another, new forms of discourse, new ways of interacting, new kinds of groups, and new ways of sharing, trading, and collaborating. Wikis, blogs, tagging, social networking and other developments that fall under the “Web 2.0” buzz are especially promising in this regard because they are inspired by a spirit of interactivity, participation, and collaboration. This quote made me believer of way it was important to have technology in the classrooms.
Last thing I am going to state is after reading Noelle's post and talking to my dad who both parents are or were teachers, i thought what if i ask two parents about the this topic would they agree with both teachers? I asked them and surprising to me, one parent agreed 100% with the idea but one parent definitely opposed of this. Her main point was, in high school, teenagers, are mostly about popularity, social networks, relationships so allowing them to have access to technology throughout the day and in classroom will put a hold and strain on their ability to learn. She also said that it would start problems among the students in the school.
Question\comments: while i was at work saturday morning, we watched a movie called Betrayal at 17, (I will try and post a clip from the video) it was about a 17 year old female who was not so popular in her high school and the college football star in the high school made a bet with another teammate that he would have sex with her. He did and he recorded it. During a school day, he sent the video to his phone, then he showed his friend. Some how, a jealous ex girlfriend saw the video and sent it to everyone in the school and posted it up online and on their website. The girl then committed suicide. How does anyone feel about the parent in my post that said it would be a problem?