In certain communities, there are groups of people who are completely new to tablet and laptop devices in the classroom. According to The Associated Press, the Amish community in Berlin, Ohio, is getting used to the technology created for educational purposes. Traditional Amish heritage does not support new technological devices, but with the integration in public schools, even the Amish community is embracing the new gadgets.
In the past, when several desktop computers entered East Holmes classrooms in Berlin, the system administrator offered $100 to any concerned Amish parent who could get past the safeguard settings on the computer, the source reported. Parents in the community welcomed the new computers with more open-mindedness after no one could get through the security settings.
"This changed the game for the Amish community," said Eli Hochstetler who owns the local Gospel Book Store in Berlin. "It showed that we can educate the Amish without exposing them to crazy, offensive stuff."
For many in the Amish community, it's not necessarily about preventing technology in the classroom, but instead finding a way for children to succeed in school and life, the source stated. However, the new technology in the classroom helped develop many students within and outside of the Amish community.
"Every parent - across the board - has a concern about the accessibility of inappropriate material," said Jerry Schlabach, owner of the local Amish store Berlin Bulk Foods. "When that was taken care of, Internet accessibility was limited, and filters were in place, parents became more comfortable with the fact that, 'Yes, this is something we need and we can trust the school system.'"
The growing technology has allowed parents to set certain filters for using their tablets at home and the same goes for teachers setting filters at school. As schools implement more tablets and laptops, schools should invest in personal insurance to protect these devices from theft or damage to limit educational downtime.