Teen Views: New kid in school
Grand County, Colorado
Middle Park High School has added yet another addition to the newly constructed commons area ” a 58 inch flat-screen TV. Vice Principal and athletic director Marlo Klassen said the school was able to purchase the TV due to funds that were set aside from the athletics/activities budget last year.
The multimedia class films video announcements for the students to watch once a week, and instead of crowding bunches of kids around a small television on a rolling cart, now the announcements can be viewed on the big screen. There is also the possibility that basketball games, wrestling tournaments and graduations occurring in the gymnasium could be displayed on the screen for fans buying concessions, waiting for their child to wrestle, or who couldn’t find a seat in the gym.
Currently, the channel playing throughout the day is ESPN. Other channels such as CNN and the History Channel are available, but ESPN has proved the most popular so far. Mr. Klassen has stated that at any time a student may ask for the channel to be changed to one of the other offered channels.
Adult community members that have come into the commons have commented to Middle Park’s Vice Principal that the television is a positive and appealing addition to the school. Some of the students, when asked, stated that they are indifferent to the TV and/or that they like what it adds to the school, but are still unsure what it is for. Yet other students said they really enjoy the TV because it is entertaining during lunch and has a modern appeal. Still, there are others who think it was a waste of money and question its ultimate purpose and educational value. The flat screen technology was purchased for the high school students and is intended to be a positive new attribute to the school. Education influences technology and, in turn, technology influences education.
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