We use technology on an everyday basis.  However, students throughout  New York City are limited to when and where it may be used.

According to the New York Department of Education’s website, students may access the internet for limited educational purposes. The Department of Education grants access to the internet for relevant learning activities both in school and at home, for career development, and communication between teachers and students. 

Students may use social media networks only for educational and current school activities. Therefore, popular websites such as Facebook and Tumblr are blocked in New York schools.

Inappropriate websites or information are often monitored . The New York Department of Education will ban websites deemed unsuitable for students.

 New York schools do not like the use of electronic devices because it can be viewed as an irrelevant tool.

However, New Jersey Principal Eric Sheninger has different views about the use of technology in school.

Eric Sheninger is the Principal at New Milford High school in Bergen County, NJ. Unlike New York schools, Sheninger is a strong supporter of social media networks and strongly encourages his students to use these devices in school.

“I started to become more educated on the learning process of social media devices,” explains Sheninger.

He believes that the biggest advantage is that it helps prepare the students for the real world in the 21st century by teaching them how to properly use this technology.

“Learning is more relevant and meaningful,” Sheninger said.

Since encouraging the use of social media devices, he has seen a dramatic decrease in discipline problems with students. Technology has also made school more engaging, while experiencing significant academic improvements for most students.

Sheninger strongly encourages his students to use Facebook as their main information hub. It provides the students with an event calendar, links to athletic schedules and information on alumni. Ultimately, Facebook is used as a great resource to share news in New Milford High School.

In contrast, New York City schools discourage the use of electronic devices such as smartphones.

For instance, 1200 cell phones were seized in a NYPD security check at New Dorp High School on October 26th. Although students were able to retrieve their items at the end of the day, many expressed outrage at having had them confiscated.

” The problem is that some students use their phones in class for the wrong reasons, like texting friends or going on the internet,” said New Dorp Journalism teacher, Ms. Acerra. “However if used correctly, technology can be a very powerful tool for learning.”

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