Kindles, iPads, and Tablets Galore: Do They Belong in the Classroom?

Vince Myles, Staff Writer

The issue of being able to use Kindles, tablets, and other electronic devices in school has been a controversial one between teachers and students within the school district. The use of Kindles in school will benefit both teachers and students.

Teachers would be able to grade papers a lot faster and students wouldn’t have to carry around as many books and papers. It would just simply be their tablet or e-reader. Taking notes would also become easier because instead of having students spend class time copying them down, teachers could email them.

Sierra Davis (’15) says, “I personally think that Kindles in school is a great idea speaking from a student’s point of view. It would be a lot easier and we wouldn’t have to re-purchase summer reading books. It would just make school a lot easier and entertaining because of the fact that we would finally be able to convert to technology.”

For all of the people who are in favor of introducing new technology to schools, there are just as many who are against it. Many think that using electronic devices would hurt the education system because of the amount of people who wouldn’t be responsible with them and their use.

Tiffany Andrews (’15) says, “The way I feel, I think that Kindles or any type of tablet wouldn’t be a good idea. I think that it would hurt more than it would help. You can’t trust that the entire school population would be just as responsible as the half who are.”

Andrews also says, “I also think that the element of technology in schools give students the power to communicate with each other, which would not come in handy during teaching time and lessons.”

If students are paying for their devices, they could use them at their own risk. Wrong usage could even result in confiscation of the kindle, so setting rules could probably help work out the kinks in this.

The issue remains unresolved for now, but as the years go on, it is inevitable that the school system make new rules to accommodate the changing technological tide.