Many schools are investing more money in classroom technology—such as iPads, SMART Boards, and laptops—because they think it will help students to learn better. However, studies have not been able to clearly prove a link between technology and better academic performance.
Our current YourTurn essay contest asks teens to tell us, based on their experiences, how much technology helps them learn in the classroom. In 500 words or less, they should use a specific example and explain why schools should or should not invest in more classroom technology.
Prizes include $100 for first place, $50 for second, and $30 for third.
Winners will also get published on our website and in our quarterly magazine distributed to over 200 schools, public libraries and youth organizations.
Deadline: Friday, Oct. 26, 2012
Whether you give this to your students as a homework assignment, an extra credit option, or an avenue to express their opinion, please encourage your students to submit their essays online at http://www.threesixtyjournalism.org/technology.