Around Hampton Roads: Gadgets in school, Hamilton appeal

I’m using this graphic of Hampton Roads because there are some who want to change it – again. Kerry Daugherty has a column today about it. Most folks outside of the region that I run into have never bought into the Hampton Roads moniker, anyway. They still call it Tidewater.

Virginia Beach is going to allow electronic gadgets, including tablets, in the classroom. The devices will be required to use the school’s WiFi networks, which limits the sites that they can visit. Personally, I have no problem with allowing these things in the classroom. If it helps the kids learn, I’m for it. I am concerned, though, that such things not get in the way of learning. School teachers have enough on their plates; they don’t need to add tech support to their obligations.

A Norfolk panel has recommended that older students be allowed to have cell phones in school. This is a no-brainer in my mind. The kids should be able to have them – as long as they are not in use during the day.

Finally, former Del. Phil Hamilton has filed an appeal of his conviction, based on the trial court judge’s allowing of emails between Hamilton and his wife into evidence at trial. The attorneys say this violated marital privilege. If nothing else, this is going to be interesting to watch.


One thought on “Around Hampton Roads: Gadgets in school, Hamilton appeal

  1. The tablets and laptops are going to be a distraction if the teacher is not using them for teaching. Even being on the school network will not stop kids from playing the games that are installed on their tablets. If the teachers were teaching through the students’ computers, it could be very useful. However, we cannot even get the teachers to use Blackboard as they are supposed to — even to just posting the homework schedule and handouts. Out education majors, unfortunately, are the “intellectual proletariat” of their college classes. These are simply not tech-savvy people.

    Cell phones do not seem to be a problem in most newer schools. It may be that the newer schools are more steel construction, but reception is non-existent in most schools. (You can sometimes get text through, since that can run on lower bandwidth.)

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