Ever since I took my first journalism class, I’ve wanted to participate in this patriotic rite. The ability to voice one’s opinion is a right I know I take for granted, so I decided to exercise it for once instead. The other day my mom showed me an article in the local newspaper about the building my new school will be opening up. Included in that article was mention of a program that would distribute wireless reading devices, a.k.a. Kindles, to all of the juniors. Being a junior that at present owns a Kindle, I decided to voice my opinion about the matter. After editing my thoughts down to the 300-word limit, here’s what I had to say on the subject:
I recently read an article entitled “New Home for ***** ** ****** High School” published August 15, 2011. I couldn’t help but notice that their juniors are going to be issued wireless reading devices, the Amazon Kindle. As a high school student who owns a Kindle of my own, I feel that applying this technology to the classroom could become more of a setback than a benefit.
As much as I love my Kindle, I couldn’t fathom using it in lieu of a traditional textbook. Sure, the books are big, bulky, and have a distinguished smell, but I know that if there’s specific information I need to locate, I have the ability to flip to any page at any given moment. Because Kindle pages need time to load, that luxury is provoked. When covering a three-chapter expanse, finding a particular paragraph could take ages. Plus, the Kindle display is exclusively in black and white, surrendering the ability to view pictures, charts, and graphs in full color, a privilege many students take for granted.
Using technology such as this is also a huge liability. Living in this day and age has proven that technology can be highly unpredictable. When a new textbook fails to download, a whole class can be hindered; when one student’s screen goes blank, they can become delayed in their work, although they’re not at fault. Of course, accidents happen, whether they occur within the classroom or not. This means that if you were to mistakenly feed your Kindle to an alligator, you would lose everything, from textbooks to footnotes to your Scrabble high score.
I’ll admit, Kindles are user-friendly, convenient, and even fun. However, I don’t see them being the essential classroom tool of the future. Call me old-fashioned, but some things really are irreplaceable.
Will it be published? Probably not. But it’s a start to the long-lasting relationship with the newspaper industry I hope to have one day, whether writing for it or simply reading it.
Love & Summer,
P.S. I will update this post as soon as I know!