HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – A request for $15,000 worth of Chromebooks for the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Middle School dissolved into a discussion about the use of technology in the classroom during the April 24 school board meeting.
Board Member Charles Bush commented that he had read an article recently about technology impeding creativity and innovation.
“Conversation seems to be going by the wayside with this,” he said.
Middle School Principal Jim Schimelpfenig asked, “What are you basing this on? Is it what you see in the classroom, or what you see kids doing in their own time?”
Board Member Paul Bravinder said he’s been with HLWW students at lunchtime, and there is so much conversation that the area is noisy and it’s hard to hear.
“I understand your concerns,” Bravinder told Bush, “but it’s not up to us to retard them from getting the technology they need.”
Bush brought up the recent power outage in San Francisco, and said he’s afraid of people being too reliant on technology.
“I truly do have a horrible concern that – not just here but everywhere you look – are we too much into it?” he asked.
Schimelpfenig said that in the case of the Chromebooks, there are advantages over paper textbooks. Students are able to access information more easily, and the online textbooks can be updated, instead of having to buy new.
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