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SFUSD is slowly but steadily working to bring more technology into the classrooms

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Bryan Marten, chair of the Lowell High Technology Committee, wants to put more iPads in the hands of students.
GUARDIAN PHOTO BY JOSEPH SCHELL

That's why, for the present time, most public schools here in San Francisco are being outfitted with the tech-geek's starter kit: The bare necessities include a computer lab, PowerPoint, and of course, the Internet (ideally Wi-Fi). "The vast majority of classes are equipped with the basics in technology." Galileo High School's Social Science Department Chair Matthew Jung told us by email. "All classrooms are supposed to have a computer and an LCD projector which teachers often use for PowerPoint presentations." While PowerPoint enables classroom activities and lectures to be more interactive, new tools like YouTube that utilize Wi-Fi are engaging students in more current mediums like video and interactive infographics. Yet some question society's growing reliance on technology, especially in places like the classroom. "Throwing technology at something is not a way to improve education", Marten said. "There is still plenty of great teaching that can happen with a piece of chalk and an engaging classroom discussion. But when technology is used at its strengths, like by bringing the outside world into the classroom, and by getting students involved in their own education, it can be well worth the expense and hassle." Like SFUSD officials, Dudro said she does see the potential in becoming well-versed in technology. When asked if she would ever consider upgrading to a smartphone, she said, "I do want one, but I don't want it bad enough yet to pay for it myself." Maybe she will reconsider the cost when the benefits are more fully realized on campus.

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