Technology Debate Continues

Keri Crossley ’15 and Pennie Bellios ‘16
EE Staff Writers

Jane, a freshman at Trumbull High School, is sitting in the media center flipping through one of her favorite magazines. Mr. Neenan comes over and gives her a Nook in its place. “Within five to ten years textbooks and assigned reading novels will be replaced with personal devices such as Nooks or Kindles,” said Jeff Hackett, the Director of Technology, during a recent interview. If this is true, what will it mean for the way children learn and how they experience reading?

Every year, the debate about the use of personal devices is continued at the school level around Connecticut. For the past two years, there have been countless meetings about students bringing their own devices to school by staff and administrators. Students also have various opinions about the idea of no longer having a hardcover book for their English classes.

“I’m going to miss the feeling of actually holding a novel,” Jen Gomes, a sophomore, stated. “I like being able to turn each page and hunt for quotes in different chapters.” Students often appreciate the sensation a book gives them.

Nicole Borges, a freshman, added, “With Nooks you have to scroll all the way back through the entire book just to reread a quote or something. It’s really frustrating.”

However, some students feel that using technological devices would be the best option for Trumbull High. “Nooks and Kindles use no paper and allow for the access of new books much quicker than ordering them,” said Melissa Kizildag, a freshman.

“[Technology] It’s a necessity nowadays,” Jeff Hackett concluded. “Everyone will soon be using it.” While some may be against the idea of bring your own device, it is likely inevitable that the switch to technological devices will be made.

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