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The Scenario
Spokane’s District 81 School Board has asked you to join their Technology Taskforce as a college or high school student-representative. The Technology Taskforce has been tasked with exploring and
updating the Board’s stance on technology use in education. They are looking to make a more modern statement about technology in education, dealing with a range of technology-related issues (see
the list below).
As the student-representative, your role with the taskforce is to provide a recommendation about one of the technology issues below. It’s your choice. The School Board members are the audience.
As the only student-representative on the taskforce, the Board is interested in your experience as a student, as well as your insight and response to two early articles about the affects of the
internet, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nicolas Carr and “Get Smarter” by Jamais Cascio. Your recommendation must make a claim about an issue (your thesis) and support it with your experience
and the two articles.
You have a special insight as a student or former student. Whether you are from Spokane, a different town, a private school or were home schooled, use the experience as an advantage to your ethos!
If you recently attended high school, then you have an accurate view of students today; if you went to high school long ago, then maybe you could use the experience section to argue for the need
for more technology literacy in the classroom or less of it in order to acquire a good foundation. The point is that your experience can easily be use to support a variety of positions.
Your recommendation can be in favor or against an issue. A middle ground might be