The start of a new school year offers an annual reminder of how technology is redefining the delivery of education.
Witness the Sept. 2 Times news report “Schools swap books for tablets,” which detailed two of the latest local efforts. This fall, the Sartell-St. Stephen school district purchased 1,110 MacBook Airs for grades 9-12 and 900 iPad Minis for grades 6-8. Also, St. John’s Prep now provides all students in grades 6-12 an iPad for use in their classes.
Digital technology certainly is a good thing when it comes to motivating today’s students. But it also raises many challenges, the biggest of which involve effectiveness and equality.