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The other day my child comes home crying because they got the iPad taken up. The school now wants me to pay money because my child can't seem to use the thing at appropriate times I.e got caught playing games instead of doing work. I told the school to take a leap. Just wondering what folks think about this. Personally I think ipads in the hands of kids is a bad idea. I get that they want the kids to know the technology but kids break stuff.
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Mar 5, 2014
 
I heard some kid in Jr High got in trouble with the law for looking up porn. Also heard the high school kids were using the camera to take pics under girls skirts. Idk that's just grapevine.
metal momma

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Mar 5, 2014
 

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why don't you try making sense
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metal momma wrote:
why don't you try making sense
I'm so sick of metal momma. I hardly comment on this site but my gosh metal momma always has bs to talk
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The other day my child comes home crying because they got the iPad taken up. The school now wants me to pay money because my child can't seem to use the thing at appropriate times I.e got caught playing games instead of doing work. I told the school to take a leap. Just wondering what folks think about this. Personally I think ipads in the hands of kids is a bad idea. I get that they want the kids to know the technology but kids break stuff.
You do have the option to refuse the Ipad. It is not mandatory that students have them. If course they want all students to have them, but it is not required. But yes, I do agree that they are opening up a whole can of worms.
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Those things are a nightmare, the ipads are just a disaster looking to happen. I've talked to several other parents of kids who are really bright - we are all concerned about just "passing" this year - and my kid is normally an A student just like the others. We've taken it away for months - the minute the kid got it back - more problems. It is NOT worth all the anguish - it's an opening for all the bad things on the internet too. I wish we had known more about what the options were - I would never have started this mess.
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Mar 6, 2014
 
Thank you I really was worried I was being a jerk not letting my child have it back. Seeing others having the same problem for some reason makes me feel better.
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Personally I have had nothing but trouble from my kid with the Ipad that the school given to him.It should not be up to the school to decide if my kid needs a IPad.
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Mar 7, 2014
 
IT's caused huge upsets at home AND at school. This was a very BAD idea.
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I didn't have a problem with the kids having them until my cable bill went from 50 a month to 430 for one month. They said I exceeded my usage by 5gigs or something like that so I changed my WiFi pw and the kids can't have it. The idea that Bowie isd can spend so much money on ipads but my kids don't know what the Bill of Rights are and can't spell dictionary with out spell check is insane.
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Mar 8, 2014
 

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What good is it doing you to gripe here? Go to the school board to do your complaining. Vote at school board elections!!! Go to school and talk to the principals and the teachers.

It will only get worse unless you speak up to the right people at the right time and the right place.

This ain't it!!!
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Glen Rose, TX

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#12
Mar 8, 2014
 
The NISD Supt. initiated the buying of notebooks and iPads for every student just as Bowie did, From what I can make out from the local newspaper and NISD employees, she plunged into this technology immersion with little research on student outcomes. As far as I know she got no input from the community or the disbanded technology committee before she threw a lot of money into this endeavor. She acted on her own and even appointed herself as Technology Director. Is this expensive influx of technology at Nocona improving learning or is it creating ways of getting students off-task? Can anyone honestly respond to this query? I am not saying the Supt. did anything wrong; I just want to know if this experiment is working to improve student learning. If parents are pleased with this project, I will certainly shut-up about it!
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If kids would be taught respect at home they would follow the rules the first time and stop breaking rules and ur kids wouldn't be getting in trouble.
Ted

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Tacori wrote:
If kids would be taught respect at home they would follow the rules the first time and stop breaking rules and ur kids wouldn't be getting in trouble.
LOL. Teaching children respect doesn't keep them breaking rules. You are either a child or have forgotten being a kid. I am going to take a stab in the dark here but 90% of kids will at some point do exactly the opposite of what they're told at least once regardless of upbringing. On the other hand you're right in that children need to be taught respect. The problem is too many parents out there can't teach what they do not know or understand.
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Ted wrote:
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LOL. Teaching children respect doesn't keep them breaking rules. You are either a child or have forgotten being a kid. I am going to take a stab in the dark here but 90% of kids will at some point do exactly the opposite of what they're told at least once regardless of upbringing. On the other hand you're right in that children need to be taught respect. The problem is too many parents out there can't teach what they do not know or understand.
Well said!
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Hemphill, TX

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Mar 10, 2014
 
These problems are not specific to our county schools. Technology is a world-wide movement. Parts of it are right for us and parts of it are oh, so wrong.

I say this because many people believe that Satan is using technology to lead people astray; however, on the other hand, many religious organizations are using technology to spread the Word. Educators will tell you that technology is crucial to learning, but a few generations back, students were learning just fine under the old, oak tree or in the one-room schoolhouse. Even further back in time, mothers taught their children to read using the Bible.

Just how much education do we really need, anyway? Getting on the Internet and exploring the world is certainly not the way to Heaven.

In case you haven't noticed, educational administrators are always initiating the latest trends in education. Sometimes these trends improve education, and many times, they do not improve test scores or anything else. Testing and neglecting parts of the curriculum in order to teach to the tests is a subject for another day.

Two things are sure and certain. First, trends cost big bucks, especially technology trends, regardless of whether or not they are successful. Second, administrators are needed to implement these trends; consequently, administrators will nearly always grasp at everything that is trending because it creates job security for them while giving the impression of being forward-thinking in regard to progress.

You need to be your child's master educator by being overly involved in what is going on at school. Camp on the school's doorstep, and be vigilant at home in regard to homework, etc. Set limits on technology at home in regard to both use and time spent. By all means, do not allow your child to have a TV or a computer in his or her own room as those things should be in a common area so that use can be supervised. Bedrooms are primarily for sleeping. Set very strict rules for cell phone use and check those phones often.

Negative situations can be made positive if the right people are involved in the right way at the right time, and you, the parents and grandparents, are the right people. By the way, don't forget to set a good example for the children to follow because we all know that kids imp what they see. Also, don't forget to include a healthy dose of religious training at home and in the church of your choice.

Best of luck to you and your kids. "You" make the difference in their lives!
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And you left this uplifting message with what technology...a stick and a leaf?
On the most God-forsaken corner of the Internet? Take the log out of your own eye before you try to take the splinter out of someone else's.
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Mar 10, 2014
 
do as I say not as I do
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#19
Mar 11, 2014
 
I maybe mistaken I think the point of this thread I'd less about the pros and cons of technology and more "what are the kids learning" from it. The idea that when you have a problem "just google it" is a technological "slippery slope". When I was a kid we where taught how to use books and how to work to attain knowledge. These days kids don't think they can do homework without WiFi. While I believe the root of the greater problem is America has lost its moral center there just simply is no right or wrong anymore. I wouldn't go so far as to say technology is in and of itself "evil" people can be. When a generation of morally bankrupt people start having children everything becomes evil.
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Mar 11, 2014
 
Ted, you make excellent comments in regard to "moral center" and "morally bankrupt" as life is all about making choices. In regard to technology, it is up to us to use it for good instead of bad. Without a moral compass, the temptation to choose evil can overwhelm us. We must keep vigil over our children at home and at school to insure that they are given every opportunity to exercise good judgment in making their choices. Our constant presence at school will be a reminder to educators that we want them to do their best for our kids at all times.

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