Monday, June 07, 2004

Will you bring your own PC to school?

The article brings up many facts that were somewhat of a shock. The fact that 30% of Europe's workforce had no office at all was alarming. Companies are utilizing part-time employees and outsourcing jobs. The author continues to explain that IT staffs may be doomed.

The personal attachment to one's computer, whether an employee or a student, is definitely present. Students regularly compare the attributes of their computer at home with their computer at school. Currently, few of the students in the Dardanelle School district possess a laptop computer. However, in the near future, the percentage may change dramatically.

Students bringing their own PC could be very positive to their education. Perhaps with a PC, students who typically find it difficult to take notes with paper and pencil might find note taking easier with a computer. Many students are "hands-on", and those type students often do better in computer classes. Therefore, with their own PC, they may perform better in other classes. Also, students normally take better care of equipment that belongs to them or that they hold a direct financial interest.

With all new ideas or methods come both positive and negative aspects. A few negative aspects to students bringing their own PC would be:

1. Playing games during class rather than taking notes and paying attention
2. Networking the computers to print
3. Theft of property/security
4. Different windows versions
5. Different software

As a business teacher, if some students used WordPerfect and others used Word, a serious problem would exist. Few teachers are prepared to teach both Word Processing software packages. If all students brought their own PC to school, specific regulations would be required involving software in order for frameworks to be successfully taught.

IT positions will not be completely eliminated. Job description and requirement would change in order to accommodate each student bringing their own PC to school, but a need for technological assistance would remain.


Blogger VHebard said...

While looking over you post, I liked the fact that you pointed out several negatives. After reading the article, I really didn't think of those. Playing games are not limited to computers. In my math classes we TI-83 calculators that have programs. Kids can program games into their calculators. I have taken calculators away from kids many times and deleted the games because they are playing games instead of learning.

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