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-As the modern world advances, technology takes over more and more aspects of daily life. Innovations are everywhere you turn, in stores, streets, hospitals, cars, your home and schools. Yes, technology has integrated into schools. For better or for worse there is a number of schools across the country that have adopted technology in the classroom. Technology in the classroom varies from having access to laptops, tablets and other items. According to WSSDA.ORG technology in the classroom is defined as //“using technology to assist in the learning process. In some school districts, that means advanced technologies like robotics or interactive whiteboards. In other districts, it means desktop computers in each classroom or a speaker system. On the other hand, it can mean teaching students how to use current technology so that they are adequately prepared for the demands of today’s world”. ((http://​www.wssda.org/​Portals/​0/​News/​Research%20Blast/​August%202014%20Research%20Blast%20Final%20Templated.pdf))//​As the WSSDA website explained how technology is utilized in the classroom is dependent on various factors most importantly budget, how much money a district is able to provide to technological devices. ​+As the modern world advances, technology takes over more and more aspects of daily life. Innovations are everywhere you turn, in stores, streets, hospitals, cars, your home and schools. Yes, technology has integrated into schools. For better or for worse there is a number of schools across the country that have adopted technology in the classroom. Technology in the classroom varies from having access to laptops, tablets and other items. According to WSSDA.ORG technology in the classroom is defined as //using technology to assist in the learning process. In some school districts, that means advanced technologies like robotics or interactive whiteboards. In other districts, it means desktop computers in each classroom or a speaker system. On the other hand, it can mean teaching students how to use current technology so that they are adequately prepared for the demands of today’s world. ((http://​www.wssda.org/​Portals/​0/​News/​Research%20Blast/​August%202014%20Research%20Blast%20Final%20Templated.pdf))//​As the WSSDA website explained how technology is utilized in the classroom is dependent on various factors most importantly budget, how much money a district is able to provide to technological devices. ​
  
-While some school districts are able to provide tech devices for classrooms, one must not forget about schools in poverty stricken areas. ​ An article by HECHINGERREPORT.ORG explains //“For the districts most in need, high-poverty urban and rural districts catching up will likely require significant help from the federal government because their budgets tend to rely more on federal funding than on state aid and local property taxes. But given the strain on school budgets in recent years, experts say middle-income districts also need help to reach federal goals for Internet speed and the deployment of computers”. ((http://​hechingerreport.org/​can-schools-close-technology-gap-much-will-cost/​))//​ The issue of money hinders the possibility of all students having the opportunity to use technological tools for learning. According to NYTIMES.COM //“Last year, sales of education technology software for prekindergarten through 12th grade reached an estimated $7.9 billion, according to the Software and Information Industry Association”.  ​+While some school districts are able to provide tech devices for classrooms, one must not forget about schools in poverty stricken areas. ​ An article by HECHINGERREPORT.ORG explains //For the districts most in need, high-poverty urban and rural districts catching up will likely require significant help from the federal government because their budgets tend to rely more on federal funding than on state aid and local property taxes. But given the strain on school budgets in recent years, experts say middle-income districts also need help to reach federal goals for Internet speed and the deployment of computers. ((http://​hechingerreport.org/​can-schools-close-technology-gap-much-will-cost/​))//​ The issue of money hinders the possibility of all students having the opportunity to use technological tools for learning. According to NYTIMES.COM //Last year, sales of education technology software for prekindergarten through 12th grade reached an estimated $7.9 billion, according to the Software and Information Industry Association.  ​
 ((http://​www.nytimes.com/​2014/​09/​15/​technology/​with-tech-taking-over-in-schools-worries-rise.html?​_r=0))//​ Another question to think about would be just how much a district’s budget is spent on technology. How high is the price for incorporating computers, software, laptops, tablets in classrooms. Is it money well spent or is it a bang for your buck to push for the newest technology at students’ disposal. Also think about just how high are the monthly fees for online services, such as Internet access available to students. ​ ((http://​www.nytimes.com/​2014/​09/​15/​technology/​with-tech-taking-over-in-schools-worries-rise.html?​_r=0))//​ Another question to think about would be just how much a district’s budget is spent on technology. How high is the price for incorporating computers, software, laptops, tablets in classrooms. Is it money well spent or is it a bang for your buck to push for the newest technology at students’ disposal. Also think about just how high are the monthly fees for online services, such as Internet access available to students. ​
  
-On the national level even the Presidnet of the United States is in favor of technology according to HUFFINGPOST.COM,​ //​“President Obama'​s 2012 budget proposed to create an Advanced Research Projects Agency for Education to fund projects aimed to transform teaching and learning in the same way that the Internet, GPS and robotics have transformed commerce, travel and warfare. At the same time, many classrooms lack even the most basic supplies”. ((http://​www.huffingtonpost.com/​james-rosenberg/​technology-in-the-classro_2_b_2018558.html))//​ This is important to notice because although technology has the capacity to transform learning it is also not very accessible. ​+On the national level even the Presidnet of the United States is in favor of technology according to HUFFINGPOST.COM,​ //President Obama'​s 2012 budget proposed to create an Advanced Research Projects Agency for Education to fund projects aimed to transform teaching and learning in the same way that the Internet, GPS and robotics have transformed commerce, travel and warfare. At the same time, many classrooms lack even the most basic supplies. ((http://​www.huffingtonpost.com/​james-rosenberg/​technology-in-the-classro_2_b_2018558.html))//​ This is important to notice because although technology has the capacity to transform learning it is also not very accessible. ​
 The advantages and disadvantages of including technology in schools are endless. There are many factors to consider when integrating technology in the classroom.  ​ The advantages and disadvantages of including technology in schools are endless. There are many factors to consider when integrating technology in the classroom.  ​
  
-However another important note to consider when allowing technology access in the classroom is freedom. Just how much freedom are students given when using devices such as iPads, to what extent is the content censored, or is it even censored at all, but most importantly should it be censored. In an article posted by KQED.ORG //“Last month students at the Los Angeles Unified School District easily got around a security firewall on their district-issued iPads and could surf wherever they wanted. Los Angeles is now exploring new security tools to block access to certain sites, including social media sites and YouTube. ‘All social media sites are blocked,’ says LA school district spokesman Thomas Waldman. The Coachella Valley school district will block certain sites deemed harmful and install a tracking mechanism and other tools to monitor kids’ use. Part of that falls under the Children’s Internet Protection Act: Schools and libraries that accept certain federal funding for technology must install Web filters to shield kids from pornography and explicit content online”. ((http://​www.wssda.org/​Portals/​0/​News/​Research%20Blast/​August%202014%20Research%20Blast%20Final%20Templated.pdf))//​ As mentioned in the article by KQED.ORG in 2000 there was a law passed by Congress regarding the protection of students’ access to Internet. Found on FCC.GOV //“CIPA imposes certain requirements on schools or libraries that receive discounts for Internet access or internal connections through the E-rate program – a program that makes certain communications services and products more affordable for eligible schools and libraries. The protection measures must block or filter Internet access to pictures that are: obscene; child pornography;​ or harmful to minors. Schools and libraries subject to CIPA are required to adopt and implement an Internet safety policy addressing: Access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet; The safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications;​ Unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking,​” and other unlawful activities by minors online Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors; and Measures restricting minors'​ access to materials harmful to them”. (( +However another important note to consider when allowing technology access in the classroom is freedom. Just how much freedom are students given when using devices such as iPads, to what extent is the content censored, or is it even censored at all, but most importantly should it be censored. In an article posted by KQED.ORG //Last month students at the Los Angeles Unified School District easily got around a security firewall on their district-issued iPads and could surf wherever they wanted. Los Angeles is now exploring new security tools to block access to certain sites, including social media sites and YouTube. ‘All social media sites are blocked,’ says LA school district spokesman Thomas Waldman. The Coachella Valley school district will block certain sites deemed harmful and install a tracking mechanism and other tools to monitor kids’ use. Part of that falls under the Children’s Internet Protection Act: Schools and libraries that accept certain federal funding for technology must install Web filters to shield kids from pornography and explicit content online. ((http://​www.wssda.org/​Portals/​0/​News/​Research%20Blast/​August%202014%20Research%20Blast%20Final%20Templated.pdf))//​ As mentioned in the article by KQED.ORG in 2000 there was a law passed by Congress regarding the protection of students’ access to Internet. Found on FCC.GOV //CIPA imposes certain requirements on schools or libraries that receive discounts for Internet access or internal connections through the E-rate program – a program that makes certain communications services and products more affordable for eligible schools and libraries. The protection measures must block or filter Internet access to pictures that are: obscene; child pornography;​ or harmful to minors. Schools and libraries subject to CIPA are required to adopt and implement an Internet safety policy addressing: Access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet; The safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications;​ Unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking,​” and other unlawful activities by minors online Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors; and Measures restricting minors'​ access to materials harmful to them. (( 
-http://​www.fcc.gov/​guides/​childrens-internet-protection-act))//​ As explained by the FCC.GOV, in order for schools to receive discounted services they must comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act. Some might argue against this act claiming it is an invasion of privacy and a form of censorship. While on the other hand, others might be in favor with the CIPA claiming it is only protecting children from harm. Found on EFF.ORG is an article full of oppose to CIPA, //​“Unfortunately,​ as Deborah Caldwell-Stone explains in Filtering and the First Amendment, aggressive interpretations of this law have resulted in extensive and unnecessary censorship in libraries, often because libraries go beyond the legal requirements of CIPA when implementing content filters. As a result, students and library patrons across the country are routinely and unnecessarily blocked from accessing constitutionally protected websites”. ((https://​www.eff.org/​deeplinks/​2013/​09/​cost-censorship-libraries-10-years-under-childrens-internet-protection-act))//​As stated earlier the Children’s Internet Protection Act is only mandatory if a school wishes to receive discounted Internet services. Thus this form of  “censorship” is a choice made by school districts. ​+http://​www.fcc.gov/​guides/​childrens-internet-protection-act))//​ As explained by the FCC.GOV, in order for schools to receive discounted services they must comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act. Some might argue against this act claiming it is an invasion of privacy and a form of censorship. While on the other hand, others might be in favor with the CIPA claiming it is only protecting children from harm. Found on EFF.ORG is an article full of oppose to CIPA, //​Unfortunately,​ as Deborah Caldwell-Stone explains in Filtering and the First Amendment, aggressive interpretations of this law have resulted in extensive and unnecessary censorship in libraries, often because libraries go beyond the legal requirements of CIPA when implementing content filters. As a result, students and library patrons across the country are routinely and unnecessarily blocked from accessing constitutionally protected websites. ((https://​www.eff.org/​deeplinks/​2013/​09/​cost-censorship-libraries-10-years-under-childrens-internet-protection-act))//​As stated earlier the Children’s Internet Protection Act is only mandatory if a school wishes to receive discounted Internet services. Thus this form of  “censorship” is a choice made by school districts. ​
  
-As much as many across the country are in favor of adopting technology in classrooms to strengthen the quality of education children are receiving there exists those who oppose it. NYTIMES.COM published an article discussing what those who oppose technology in education are doing to stop it //​“Technology companies are collecting a vast amount of data about students, touching every corner of their educational lives — with few controls on how those details are used. Now California is poised to become the first state to comprehensively restrict how such information is exploited by the growing education technology industry”.//​ This California bill is only intends to protect the privacy of students that can be violated by technology companies, //​“Legislators in the state passed a law last month prohibiting educational sites, apps and cloud services used by schools from selling or disclosing personal information about students from kindergarten through high school; from using the children’s data to market to them; and from compiling dossiers on them…The idea is to prevent companies from using information about students for any activity not intended by schools”. ((http://​www.nytimes.com/​2014/​09/​15/​technology/​with-tech-taking-over-in-schools-worries-rise.html?​_r=0+As much as many across the country are in favor of adopting technology in classrooms to strengthen the quality of education children are receiving there exists those who oppose it. NYTIMES.COM published an article discussing what those who oppose technology in education are doing to stop it //​Technology companies are collecting a vast amount of data about students, touching every corner of their educational lives — with few controls on how those details are used. Now California is poised to become the first state to comprehensively restrict how such information is exploited by the growing education technology industry.// This California bill is only intends to protect the privacy of students that can be violated by technology companies, //​Legislators in the state passed a law last month prohibiting educational sites, apps and cloud services used by schools from selling or disclosing personal information about students from kindergarten through high school; from using the children’s data to market to them; and from compiling dossiers on them…The idea is to prevent companies from using information about students for any activity not intended by schools. ((http://​www.nytimes.com/​2014/​09/​15/​technology/​with-tech-taking-over-in-schools-worries-rise.html?​_r=0
 ))// There are numerous reasons to be hesitant when using technology in the classroom especially if it involves minors. ​ ))// There are numerous reasons to be hesitant when using technology in the classroom especially if it involves minors. ​
  
  
 +The future for technology in classrooms is yet unknown, some districts are quickly adapting while others are behind. As MAKEUSOF.COM states, //The answer is probably some combination of rank incompetence,​ institutional conservatism,​ and perverse incentives. ((http://​www.makeuseof.com/​tag/​computer-technology-will-transform-schools-future/​))// ​  It is true, there are numerous factors to consider when making an important decision that affects the future of America. While it is true that schools must accommodate for technology advancing in society around the world, the extent to which they adapt is up to question. In a recent //​Forbes.com//​ article, there is an important detail to notice which is factually proving technology improves the classroom and most importantly the students'​ education. //////​Rather than ask if technology will improve outcomes, we need to ask what it is we want it to do. It is only when we harness technology to the cause of education, rather than the other way around, that we will know if it is worth doing. ((http://​www.forbes.com/​sites/​nickmorrison/​2014/​10/​22/​its-time-to-rethink-our-use-of-technology-in-schools/​))//​ What is evident is that adopting technology in the classroom comes with both positive and negative consequences and it is up to parents, teachers and school officials to do what is best for the education of future America. ​
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