High Tech Heretic: Chapters 3, 4, & 5

The third chapter in the book entitled “The Hidden Price of Computers” discusses increasing price of computers whose life expectancy is only around 5 years.  Throughout the chapter, he mentions the subject of Science and how the cost of putting in computers could be used to build a nice physics lab or chemistry lab.  I’m not a huge fan of science by any means, but I am a fan of hands on learning.  I would consider the labs to be a higher priority than the computer when you are making the decision on which one is more practical.  However, the computers do serve as a means of gaining access to information that may not be available in your school’s library. The library is only as good as the books it is outfitted with and there are some subjects that may require to go outside of it. Enter the computer and the Internet.  When schools are making the decision of what they need to purchase with their budget, they need to analyze their needs first and then focus on what they would like to see in their schools second.

The fourth chapter in the book entitled “Loony for Laptops” discusses schools who are attempting to outfit their students with laptop computers. The idea that computers are the answer to the textbook epidemic of dealing the high cost.  While the computer may provide more up to date information to obtain for the class to use.  Both the the textbook and the computer information are used as resources for the classroom.  The textbook seems as though it may be easier for students to take home and use as oppose to laptops.  There are going to be some cases where students may need a laptop to help them complete tasks in class as well as homework, but I don’t think it is necessary for every student to be outfitted with one.  Money allocated for purchasing laptops may be better spent on other areas of the school building.   Although, if students were given laptops I think they would be more responsible with them say their textbook.  Their textbook is more than likely old and boring, but the laptop is something they are going to be more interested in and take better care of.  Sure accidents are going to happen and maintenance is going to be required, but I don’t think we should completely rule out the possibility of student learning some responsibility with their laptops.  Schools just need to be sure they can trust their students with these pieces of technology before they go out and buy a bunch of laptops.

The fifth chapter of the book entitled “Multimedia Comics” talks about how comic books provided a snippet into classic books.  I don’t know if I necessarily agree with him on this one.  I didn’t read comic books that told the stories from classic books, but I do remember watching the television series “Wishbone”.  For those of you who don’t know about this show, Wishbone would get into adventures with his owner and for half of the show it will play the events, while the other half of the show would tell the story from a classic book.  Stories like “Tale of Two Cities”, “Treasure Island”, “The Count of Monte Cristo” etc. were used on the show.  These productions on the show would not tell the entire story, but just the basic gist.  After watching this show, I got curious about what the actually book might be like.  The same thing occured when I would watch a movie rendition of a classic tale.  While movies and comic books provide condensed versions of the actually story, I don’t think they deter people from actually reading the published tales. I agree with him though that reading books on the computer is very hard on the eyes and something I do rarely.  You just don’t get the same experience reading a book on a computer that you get with a book.

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