Hudson - Litchfield News | December 23, 2011 - 5 In My Opinion... Bryan Dube and Aaron Bellomo
into AP English class on a seemingly normal November Friday, Mrs. Mary Ellen Ormond, the associate superintendent of the Hudson School District was there to
talk to the class about increasing technology in the classroom. After a discussion about the use of smart phones in class, the idea arose of each student receiving a Kindle to use as a tablet at school. Now the typical 21st century adolescent reaction is to overflow with excitement, which would account for about 95 percent of the class. However, there are some students, who see the idea as controversial and are somewhat apprehensive towards the concept. Mrs. Ormond feels it would help students “get excited about learning,” as well as “keep pace with how people are connecting all around the world.” Ormond also described the concept of technology in the classroom as “anytime anywhere learning.” As we delve deeper into this technology era it seems like this will become more commonplace. In the long run tablets are definitely more cost- effective than textbooks and Ormond feels they will “change how we teach” from fact- based into how to use information. She does express some concerns about how it could be a distraction which would take away from learning, or how some people may not see it as “authentic learning.” However, she feels if engaged correctly, it is a tool for learning. On behalf of Mrs. Bureau’s C period Class I would like to thank Mrs. Ormond for taking the time out of her busy schedule to get our opinions. – AB Positives for Technology - Bryan Dube With the utilization of the new Kindle Fire,
our school has the opportunity to take a giant leap into the future of educational technology. Hundreds if not thousands of schools across the United States are coming to the conclusion that a higher education can be achieved through the use of new technologies that are being released at the time. With the release of the new Kindle Fire, Alvirne has the potential to join the ranks of schools
by Aaron Bellomo and Bryan Dube
Technology in the 21st century Classroom As I walked
that have entered this new technologically advanced way of teaching and learning. Many do not want to believe it, but textbooks are becoming a thing of the past. Rather than each student having to lug around a heavy textbook for nearly every class in which they partake, one could have one small Lightweight Kindle that contains not only all of the student’s textbooks, but full access to millions of other books written by the world’s best authors. In this one small tablet, a student holds the access to more books than any one person can read in their lifetime and then some. Yet, this Kindle’s sole purpose is not to hold a whole library of books. It does more, much more! The Kindle Fire can be used in all ways in which a computer can be utilized. A student can quickly type notes on the Kindle and save them rather than taking notes by hand (which most students lose anyways.) Also, if a teacher is presenting something a student feels to be extremely essential to his/her learning, the student could use the Kindle to record the lesson. This gives the student the ability to re-listen to the lesson at a future time. The Kindle Fire also has a capability to fully access the internet with a Wi-Fi connection. Therefore, students who without the Kindle, would have no access to the Internet to contact their teachers, research a paper or project, or do any other educational task. Now, many would argue that students could easily use these tablets for non-educational purposes while in school. This could easily be avoided by simply blocking these un-educational websites. Another issue that many students have brought up is the safe-keeping of the Kindles. A Kindle executive said, “Our state-of-the- art Kindle Fire is chemically strengthened to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic, making it extra durable and resistant to accidental bumps and scrapes.” This shows that the design of the Kindle helps prevent the accidental breaking of the device. Thus, the Kindle Fire has the ability to safely improve the learning experience, and open doors into the future of learning. Through the usage of the Kindle Fire, Alvirne, already deemed secondary school of Excellence in New Hampshire twice, has the chance to enhance the way in which its students learn and the way the teachers teach, giving Alvirne the possibility to be one of, if not the best school in the region! Negatives for Technology - Aaron Bellomo The first matter to discuss must be defining
what the goal of technology is because not all forms of technology serve the same purpose. The types of technology that are attempting to better fight cancer, vaccinate children, and save the environment are quite practical, therefore I have absolutely no problem supporting them. It’s the types of technology that aim to make life more convenient, or easier that I feel is harmful to humanity as a whole. All the little conveniences add up after a while and I believe the ultimate sum is an increase in laziness and a desire for instant gratification. There are remote control starts to everything, the internet is a necessity, one can now get his/her entire social life streamed to his/her phone, one must always be connected, iPods/iPads/ Nooks/Kindles are being outdated as we speak by the latest, greatest thing. In the words of Dan Brown regarding technology we are living in a world “spinning out of control.” But do these actually make our lives better? Or are they more of a distraction to the things that are actually important in life such as family, education and exercise. Why bother going to the library if the book is available on whatever device you have? Why go for a walk if you run the risk of being in a ‘Wi-Fi-less’ location? Why tell your family about your day if you can tweet them about it? Now, would technology in the classroom actually help students learn? It may have its perks but most areas in life require a good mentor/ coach/teacher in order to become good not just nice equipment. Thus why should education be any different? What good is the world’s best technology without a sufficient teacher to apply it with? Alvirne High School was the 2011 School of Excellence for a reason. Not because we have the fanciest/flashiest technology in the state (far from it) but because we have focused, dedicated eyes-on-the- prize teachers who are willing to go the extra mile if need be to benefit the students. This is what puts Alvirne High School on top. This is something you can’t just bottle up and put a price tag on, or download the newest edition of it every month. And that is precisely why it is more valuable than any form of technology money can buy!
In My Opinion is strictly an OP-ED column that stands on the opinion of two writers, Aaron Bellomo and Bryan Dube, as opposed to a newspa- per reporter who does not provide an opinion but reports the facts. This column, in many instances, is a counterpoint to published stories and does not reflect the unbiased reporting policy of the Hudson-Litchfield News or the opinion of the management, advertisers and ownership of Area News Group.
HFD to Hire Deputy Fire Chief
by Doug Robinson The Town of Hudson Board of Selectmen has authorized Hudson
Fire Chief Shawn Murray to advertise for the open Deputy Fire Chief of Support Services position within the Hudson Police Department. The position has been open since the retirement of Deputy Chief Neil Carter on June 6, 2011. Chief Murray stated that he wished to begin the hiring process in
January 2012. He hoped to fill the position by the end of February, 2012. He did not state if he would be posting the position internally. Selectman Roger Coutu, Ted Luszey, and Chairman Shawn Jasper supported the hiring of a Deputy Chief stating that “the Chief and Deputy Buxton are being burnt out. The amount of paperwork and reporting is insurmountable. (We) do not want to see our administration burnt out.” Selectman Luszey also stated that he had worked closely with Chief
Murray and Deputy Buxton and that he had the “opportunity to witness the work load these gentlemen perform under very extreme emergencies. During the snow storm, hurricane, and under very extreme emergencies, they operated flawlessly. You could see the stress.” Selectman Richard Maddox commented that he has “always felt that the fire department was too heavy.” He further stated that the town could use the $140,000 cost of this position could be better served on the current personnel or needed equipment. Chairman Jasper stated that Maddox’s $140,000 figure was incorrect.
However, when Maddox explained the addition of benefits, car, and other expense lines to fund the Deputy Chief of Support Services position, Jasper had no comment.
Selectman Nadeau offered no explanation as to his vote of nay. The board voted 3/2 (Jasper, Luszey, Coutu) to authorize Chief Murray to advertise to hire for the position.
Outdoors Charlie Chalk with
Hunting is Safe Compared to Other Activities
Hunting ranks third in safety when compared to 28 other recreational pursuits, ranging from baseball to wrestling. Hunting with firearms has an injury rate of 0.05 percent, which equates to about one injury per 2,000 participants, a safety level bettered only by camping (.01 percent) and billiards (.02 percent). For comparison, golf has an injury rate of 0.16 percent (1 injury per 622 participants), while tackle football topped the list of activities with an injury rate of 5.27 percent (1 injury per 19 participants). Jim Curcuruto, NSSF’s director of industry research and analysis; “Comprehensive hunter education classes that emphasize the basic rules of firearm safety and a culture of hunters helping fellow hunters practice safe firearms handling in the field are responsible for this good record.” To put hunting’s safety standing into perspective, compared to hunting a person is: • 11 times more likely to be injured playing volleyball • 19 times more likely to be injured snowboarding • 25 times more likely to be injured cheerleading or bicycle riding
• 34 times more likely to be injured playing soccer or skateboarding
• 105 more times likely to be injured playing tackle football. Charlie Chalk can be reached at
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