Weekly Entry, Week 10
After reading some of this week's readings, I am left a bit depressed. Although it is awesome to have more people reading and advancing technology through e-books and the like, isn't it sad to see the book and physical print go? I know I am supposed to be a proponent of change and advancement in this field, but I can't help feeling this way. I also think about my own personal experiences, especially in my professional life. For instance, the entire 7th grade at my school has their math "book" and various math exercises online ONLY. This year, our math teacher had to take an extended leave of absence, leaving those students with a substitute, or worse in the auditorium doing NOTHING. When they do have a substitute teacher, no one is "allowed" on the computers, due to certain substitute teacher limitations. These kids can't access their books or the materials, when if they just had a real physical book, they wouldn't have this problem. My school also doesn't allow electronics, so they can only access materials under teacher supervision. To me, this is just ridiculous... If they are going to adopt a technological advancement, they need to be willing to deal with the undesirable things that come with it. This applies to all institutions. With technology, you have to be all or nothing. But money becomes an issue when you go for it all... So what do you think should be done? Are their more pros or cons in transitioning to e-books/materials?