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In a technology blog written by I,Cringely, there are two articles on the use of technology in the classroom. The first is Hello, Mr. Chips, where we are introduced to "Steve" an electrical engineer turned math teacher. The second is Class Dismissed: Even Good Students Don't Always Want To Learn. Both of these articles talk about student motivation and technology in the classroom and how students are not motivated and are in fact, distracted by technology.
So this brings me to the second article, "Class Dismissed...". Steve makes another bold assertion,
...consider what happens if you inject into this scenario an iPad into the hands of every student in the classroom...some students are intrinsically motivated and this will unlock great learning options...it may bring in some students who weren't very interested...but many will choose to use the iPad as just another distraction.