OUR VIEW: Technologies allow for new ways to learn

By Daily News • Last Updated 10:28 am on Wednesday, March 21, 2012

We’ve heard a lot about the addition of technology in our local school classrooms — laptops, tablets, Android phones and iPads. And we’ve also heard a lot of opinions about whether this is a good thing.

We think it is. Today’s world is driven by technology — it runs companies, allows us to stay connected with family and friends who live far away, and puts all kinds of helpful information at our fingertips.

Applications in schools are limitless. Kids can use technology to find important facts, historical information and news and pictures from the other side of the world. They can scribe reports on their computers through voice recognition, give video presentations instead of writing a paper, and have access to newspapers near and far by the touch of a screen.

Whether we like it, technology is becoming more and more a part of our daily lives. Kids who are comfortable using it are going to have success in college where classes are sometimes hosted online. They’re going to get jobs that require being able to develop different kinds of computer applications. And they’re going to find new ways through technology to help us handle old problems.

We’re not saying the uses of these new tools in our schools are perfected yet. Hopefully all districts involved are carefully monitoring how kids are using them and tweaking ways they can best be utilized to maximize learning. We also are confident that teaching through technology isn’t going to replace teaching good old-fashioned reading and writing skills.

Some might argue that we didn’t have these things when we were young or that it should be up to parents to decide when and where kids have access to technology.

We would argue that — like it or not — our world has changed since we were young. And it’s going to keep progressing whether or not we allow our kids access to technology. On the other hand, we also agree that parents should be able to monitor their kids’ use of computers and the like while at home and during nonschool hours.

But the technologies our schools are providing for students today are allowing kids to learn in different, valuable and important ways. And we’re extremely fortunate that our school leaders are ahead of the norm in figuring out how this all fits into our kids future success.

Editorial opinions are the consensus of The Daily News editorial board.

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