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Ayana Wilcox

December 3, 2018

Brother/Dr. Marshall

Brigham Young University Idaho


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Table of Contents

Cover page……………………………………………………………………………………………….1

Title Page………………………………………………………………………………………………....3

Table of Contents………………………………………………………………………………………...4

About Me………………………………………………………………………………………………….5

Abstract…………………………………………………………………………………………………...6

Technology Article……………………………………………………………………………………….7

References……………………………………………………………………………………………...10

Advertisement…………………………………………………………………………………………..11

Interviews………………………………………………………………………………………………..12

Backpage………………………………………………………………………………………………..15
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About Me
Hello readers! My name is Ayana Taylor. I got married to the love of my life last year and

absolutely loving every single second of it. We both love to travel, go on cruises, try new foods, and

watch sports together! We love the little life we live! He constantly makes me want to be a better person,

and I love him for that.

I am the oldest of 3. My mother is Japanese, so my brothers and I are both half-Japanese! I think

of my two younger brothers as my own babies, I basically grew up being their second mom. They

currently reside in Stanwood, Washington, which is where I was born and raised my whole life till I left

for college in 2016.

I was heavily involved in the music program in high school. I used to compete as a soprano in

vocal performance, and won many competitions in addition to going to state! I also had the pleasure of

participating in many musicals at my high school, and had the honor of playing some very fun roles. My

favorite role I played was Gabriella Montez from the Disney production “High School Musical”, what a

memory!

I played softball, volunteered at our local elementary school and library, and was able to serve my

community by sharing my musical abilities. One of the many things I love to do is play piano. I have been

playing piano since I was 3 years old. I got asked to teach piano to a family friend in the 8th grade and

that is what made me realize...I LOVE to teach! I started teaching piano, vocal, and Japanese lessons soon

after that. I had around 15 students by my sophomore year in high school and enjoyed every minute of it.

Now I am attending BYU Idaho and pursuing an Elementary Education Major. I just know that being a

teacher is my calling in life! (322 words)


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Abstract
The purpose of this article is to get readers to think about their own education and the pro’s and

con’s of technology in education, and the pro’s and con’s of a more traditional educational system. Many

adults now do not understand how education has evolved this past decade. We can remember learning

language arts, math, and science mostly from a textbook. Every morning when we walked into class, our

teachers instructions for the day would be written on the chalk or whiteboard. They took attendance by

hand, and students were assigned to pick the attendance sheet up at the office, then drop it back off. In

today’s classrooms, they each have a technological devices such as projectors, computers, ipads, tablets,

smart boards, and lots more that replace the traditional way classrooms used to be run. Teachers today

simply take attendance on their computers and send them in that way! Many of the curriculums are now

online based so that teachers can access them and teach the students using those resources provided from

technology.

Many teachers have different opinions on what the pros and cons are of technology being such a

big part of education in this generation. The pros are that it is extremely resourceful! Students can easily

learn through a video, and it is extremely helpful for the teachers to use them. Having advanced devices

allows students to do research in the classroom, type papers, and makes it easier for all students to

participate in lessons and activities. The cons include the cost of the devices used in the classroom. Some

schools cannot afford the high prices of specific devices, which puts the students at a great disadvantage.

Technology can also be very distracting to students! Instead of writing their essay, or doing their research,

they could be on social media, or playing games. This article will talk a little bit more of these pro’s and

con’s listed, and give us a true idea on different perspectives and thoughts of technology in education.

(334 words)
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that technological device! It took my teacher


a while to get the hang of it and get used to
using it instead of the white board, but once
she did, boy was it helpful! During my 7th
grade year, our school got a set of our very
own mini HP computers. Our very own! The
teachers would have to take turns sharing it
with all the classes in the school, but
  whenever we got it, it was a special day. We
could do our research on it and even type
  papers! During my childhood education
years, technology was on the verge of taking
Technology VS Tradition over education.

As a child who was born in the I grew up in a poor area, where we


1990’s, I grew up going to elementary didn’t have any funds to afford the
school just like any other student from any expensive technology devices. But when we
generation. When I walked into the did receive any kind of device? It changed
classroom, our teachers had printed out the way we did things in the classroom. My
newsletters for us to take home for our baby brother who is now a 6th grader has
parents that we filed into folders. My teacher grown up with always using technology
wrote on both chalkboards and whiteboards. during his time in school. He does not learn
When they would used colored markers or the “traditional” way like I did. His teachers
colored chalk, we would be absolutely take attendance on the computer. His
ecstatic. It was such a treat! At every teachers have smart boards they use, and
teacher's desk was a huge ginormous barely use their whiteboards and
computer that they barely ever used. When chalkboards. When his teachers play music,
we took attendance, it was on paper that we they play it from speakers that are connected
would pick up from the office and take it to their computers! My teachers had CDs
back after out teacher had filled it out. and tape players in order to let us listen to
During my 5th grade year, my music.
teacher got what we called a “projector”. It
would display on the board what the teacher Sometimes I miss seeing the
was writing, and even connect to computers! traditional ways school were run, but am
It was like Christmas Day when we received absolutely blown away by how different and
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effective technology has been for the not seem like a lot, it can add up in the end
education systems. (“Expenditures,” 2016.). Although the
amount of money spent on technology varies
from state to state, (even district to district)
we can see that technology does not come
freely. It can come with a very steep price,
to the point where some schools can’t even
afford it! Does that make those students who
don’t have access to those things less
accomplished? Less creative? Less smart?
Do those who go to wealthy schools that can
Technology=Money afford those advanced technology devices
have an advantage in education? Just some
Growing up in a generation where questions to think about.
technology was not greatly used during my
education, I wonder how much schools
spend on technology now that it is mostly
required in most curriculums, softwares, and
online programs. An article I read states, “In
2013 schools purchased more than 23
million devices for classroom use”
(“Libraries on the Go: The Relevance of
Bookmobiles in the Modern World,” 2018.).
Trying to wrap my head around that fact that
Is Technology beneficial to education?
there are even 23 million devices just for
classrooms just blows my mind! How in the
This is a question I often think about.
world do schools have the budget for that, or
I never got to experience having technology
even afford it?​ ​Some states can spend more
as a vital part of my education during my
money on students than other states because
childhood years. Now that I am in college, I
of their economy, minimum wage, and many
see how vital it is in my college education! I
other reasons. . The average amount spent
communicate with all my teachers through
on each student in the United States is
technology, I view all the assignment due,
$11,009. In the state of Idaho schools are
schedules, conversations with peers,
only able to spend $7,157 per student. In the
assignments, and so much more. But is it
state of New York schools spend around
beneficial for younger students? Specifically
$22,366 per student (Maciag, 2016.)! People
those in elementary schools?
say that depending on the school, 11% of the
spending money is for supplies, which can
Janelle Cox wrote an article called
include technology. Even though that does
“Benefits of Technology in the Classroom”
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and in it she says, “75 percent of educators into an app, software, or site that has games
think that technology has a positive impact and or lessons that keeps track of their
in the education process” (Cox, n.d.). The 75 progress. As the students do this with
percent of people who thought it was technology, it keeps track of what levels of
positive stated around the same things as to stages they are in, in the lesson. If they make
why they thought that technology is a mistake, it repeats that level in order to
beneficial in the classroom. They say that make sure that the student understands it
technology makes subjects more interesting before moving on. The teacher can also
and fun for the students. There are so many access everyone's records to see which
different games, apps, and softwares that student are struggling, those who are right
have been created to make the classroom where they should be, and those who are
environment a lot more entertaining for ahead.
students. The elementary school students
right now have grown up in a world evolved Some ways that technology may not
around technology. It makes it easier for be beneficial is that it can offer an easy
them to connect to learning this way. distraction for the students during their
Teachers also said that through trial and learning. Students often goof off in class and
error, they have come to the conclusion that do not use their ipads, computers or tablets
technology actually helps students in the way they are supposed to. Devices can
remember information better. There was a also break, stop working, or students can use
study where classroom of 2nd graders were them to do other things besides the
given an assignment to make a powerpoint assignment. It can be stressful for teachers to
project about an animal of their choice. 16 plan a lesson, while relying on their
out of 18 students remembered more facts technological device, and have that device
about the animal after they completed their break down on them. It costs money to
presentation. Through this study it showed replace, to fix, and wastes classroom time
us that technology can definitely be getting them repaired. But is it worth going
beneficial for students and their education through all that trouble? I think only time
(Cox, n.d.). will tell.

Another beneficial thing that was As we can see from the beginning,
stated was that technology allows student to education has really evolved, and has
learn at their own pace in some aspects. For changed from the traditional ways of doing
example, there are new math programs things. Although I feel that the traditional
available for students. This allows some ways of education was extremely effective,
time for the teachers to explain the math and we can see that technology definitely makes
work together on it as a class, then allow a positive impact on education now! (​1306
time for the students to get on their words)
computers and using their own codes, log
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References
Maciag, Mike. (2016). ​The States that Spend
EBCSO​post. (​ 2018). ​Libraries on the Go: the Most (and the Least) on
The Relevance of Bookmobiles in the Education. ​Retrieved from
modern world. R ​ etrieved from http://www.governing.com/topics/ed
https://www.ebsco.com/blog/article/l ucation/gov-education-funding-states
ibraries-on-the-go-the-relevance-of-b .html
ookmobiles-in-the-modern-world
NCES. (2016). ​Expenditures.​ Retrieved
Hill, Jane. (n.d). ​Benefits of Technology in from
the Classroom. ​Retrieved from https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/dailyarc
http://www.teachhub.com/benefits-te hive.as
chnology-classroom
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Shintaro Wilcox, Junior student, Kounosuke Wilcox, 6th grade student,


Stanwood High School, Stanwood, Stanwood Middle school, Stanwood,
Washington Washington

Q: What kind of technology is in your classroom?


Q: What kind of technology is in your classroom?
“Uhhhhh well theres a computer and a projector… we have
“My teachers all have a computer, nothing nice. We have a computer lab too but that’s not in the classroom.”
an overhead projector we use sometimes, depends on which
class. Sometimes in our AP classes we get tiny computers Q: In what ways is the technology helpful?
to use if we have projects or essays.”
“We get to watch cool videos on the projector if we finish
Q: In what ways is the technology helpful? everything in class. I think that’s helpful!”

“Its nice that we can type up stuff and use computers in the Q: In what ways is the technology unhelpful?
classroom. We don’t get it a lot though because there's so
many kids in the school, but when we do it’s fun and “When we get computers in the classroom I always play
helpful with research.” games when I am supposed to do something else...don’t tell
mom. That's probably unhelpful.”
Q: In what ways is the technology unhelpful?
Q: Is there a specific technological advice that you use
“I am not sure. I mean, I guess if you are including phones more than others in the classroom?
as technology, the teachers let us use that sometimes. I
think that's helpful, but then at the same time it’s not “Small computers I think.”
because us kids just look at instagram or snapchat.”
Q: Does the technology help education?
Q: Is there a specific technological advice that you use
more than others in the classroom? “I think so. I don’t know, I’m only a 6th grader!”

“Not really. We use mostly the whiteboard, we don’t have Q: Do you think through technology, education will
anything fancy haha”. ever be replaced and taught by it solely?

Q: Does the technology help education? “Nooooooo never.”

“I think it can yeah. I think if we had more advanced Lynell Murray, 6th grade teacher at
technology maybe it would help more.” Mount Vernon Middle school in Mount
Vernon, Washington
Q: Do you think through technology, education will ever
be replaced and taught by it solely?
Q: What kind of technology is in your classroom?
“Maybe, I don’t know. That would be pretty sick.”
We are super lucky to have smart boards. I have also been
given a computer, which I can use to connect to the smart
boards. I try to use it a lot, but since I haven’t been teaching
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that long, I am still getting used to using it effectively! It’s “We have a projector! Not the same one we used during
such a cool tool. your 3rd grade year haha, but we have a new one! You
know our school doesn’t get much money, so that’s all we
Q: In what ways is the technology helpful? have.”

“It is a super effective tool for the students, but especially Q: In what ways is the technology helpful?
for me. I am able to use so many different tools and quickly
bring things up to help the lesson go a little sooner. Or if “It's awesome! I can display things so easily and so
something pops in my head, I can easily bring it up just by quickly, it's great. It has made teaching a ton easier.”
using the smart board. It is extremely convenient.”
Q: In what ways is the technology unhelpful?
Q: In what ways is the technology unhelpful?
“Sometimes technology doesn’t always work! When it
“I feel like because technology is so “in” right now as the doesn’t work during an important time and lesson, it gets
students say, that it really isn’t all that special. They tend to really stressful trying to fix it. If I can’t fix it, I have to wait
get board easy, or are distracted by their own technology for someone to come, and it just becomes more of a hassle
devices. This is really unhelpful in my classroom and a burden I guess instead of a blessing.”
environment.”
Q: Is there a specific technological advice that you use
Q: Is there a specific technological advice that you use more than others in the classroom?
more than others in the classroom?
“The projector I use all the times!”
“I definitely use the smartboard more than anything else. It
works for anything and everything. It’s also the only Q: Does the technology help education?
technological item we consistently have in the class. Our
school isn’t that well off, so these smart boards are “It definitely does! When I first started teaching, we didn’t
extremely special, and we can’t afford anything else.” have any of this stuff. Although it took me a while to get
used to technology, it has made teaching so much easier.
Q: Does the technology help education? Teaching is still difficult, challenging, and rewarding in its
own way, but computers and projectors sure help me get
“I believe it does. I also think that it shapes education the job done in a more efficient manner!”
differently and more effectively. I still like to stick to some
traditional education strategies, but technology really Q: Do you think through technology, education will
makes a huge difference.” ever be replaced and taught by it solely?

Q: Do you think through technology, education will “I do not think that elementary education will be replaced,
ever be replaced and taught by it solely? but maybe for middle and high school? I don’t know! I
probably won’t be alive to see that happen!”
“I hope not! I love teaching! I don’t want to be replaced
haha! Although I do think that technology will become a Jacki Taylor, Librarian at Hearst
greater part of education, I do not believe that it will fully
Elementary in Pleasanton, California
100% replace it.”

Liz Pollock, 3rd grade teacher at Q: What kind of technology is in your classroom?

Cedarhome Elementary in Stanwood, “Well I have my own projector, and I have little computers
Washington and tablets the kids can use when they come to the library
to read books, or research books! These things usually stay
Q: What kind of technology is in your classroom? in my classroom, they don’t get passed around. I am so
lucky!”
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to choose one, I would have to say the computers I have


Q: In what ways is the technology helpful? here in the classroom.”

“I think it is awesome because the kids I work with, their Q: Does the technology help education?
future fully relies on technology! It is so important for them
to know how to use it! I try to rotate things once in a while “I actually talked to my teacher friends the other day about
and have one day where the students can learn how to technology! There seems to be a lot of pros and cons with
research books online and find those books in the technology in the classroom. It seems like more of my
classroom.” friends lean towards loving it, and how much easier it
makes teaching, but some of my friends still like the old
Q: In what ways is the technology unhelpful? fashioned way! Doing everything through paper and pen,
using white boards, sending out paper notes instead of
“Super big distraction! I have to constantly monitor the emails, things like that.”
kids when they are using their computers or tablets in my
library t make sure they are not playing any games, or Q: Do you think through technology, education will
doing other things.” ever be replaced and taught by it solely?

Q: Is there a specific technological advice that you use “No! Never! It can’t! Kids need actual human being
more than others in the classroom? teachers!”

“Being a librarian, I try to only really use books! I think it


is so important for kids to learn to love to read! But if I had
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Develop a passion for learning. If 


you do, you will never cease to 
grow.  
-Anthony J. D’Angelo