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School Issues: Technology in Schools

Central Research Question: Does technology in schools help students learn?

Grade 5
Articles with Reading Levels: 5.0-5.9
Grade 6
Articles with Reading Levels: 6.0-6.9

Article Name: Cellphones in Schools: Does Safety Outweigh Distraction?
Source:  Washington Post via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 800)
Author: Donna St. George
Date Published: November 20, 2017
Guiding Question: How might cell phones impact the class environment?
Grade level: 5.6

Article Name: Parents Aren't Sure if iPads in Schools Are A Good Thing For Their Children 
Source:  The Mercury News via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 450)
Author: n/a
Date Published: January 1, 2017
Guiding Question: Why do some parents not want their students to use iPads at school?
Grade level: 5.2

Article Name: Got code? More schools start teaching skills needed for computer careers
Source: Chicago Tribune via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 450)
Author: John Keilman
Date Published: January 26, 2016
Guiding Question: Should computer programming classes be offered to high school students?
Grade level: 5.7

Article Name: Obama Tells U.S. Students They Deserve High-Speed Internet
Source: Tribune Washington Bureau via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 860)
Author: Christi Parsons
Date Published: February 5, 2014
Guiding Question: How can access to the Internet help students learn?
Grade level: 5.2

Article Name: More Schools Are Allowing Phones, So Teachers Use Them for Education
Source: Associated Press via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 850)
Author: Carolyn Thompson
Date Published: April 12, 2018
Guiding Question: How are teachers adjusting to phones in the classroom?
Grade level: 6.4

Article Name: Too Sick to Go to School? Send in the Robots
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 810)
Author: Kathy Boccella
Date Published: March 9, 2018
Guiding Question: How is technology in the classroom helping students with chronic illness?
Grade level: 6.2

Article Name: It's Elementary: More Schools Offer Computer Science Classes

Source: Associated Press via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 940)
Author: Phuong Le
Date Published: December 15, 2015
Guiding Question: How important is it for students to learn computer sciences?
Grade level: 6.4

Article Name: How Does Your School Use Technology?
Source: Wonderopolis
Author: Wonderopolis Staff
Date Published: N/A
Guiding Question: How have students benefitted from technology in schools over time?
Grade level: 6.8

Below Grade 5.0
Above Grade 6.9

Article Name: French Students at Middle School Are OK  Doing Without Their Phones
Source: The Guardian via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 550)
Author: Angelique Chrisafis
Date Published: August 14, 2018
Guiding Question: How are French students adjusting to not being able to use their phones at school?
Grade level: 3.2

Article Name: Neurosurgeon Takes sixth-graders on 3-D  Virtual Reality Tour of the Brain 
Source: The Orange County Register via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 410)
Author: Jenelyn Russo
Date Published: May 5, 2017
Guiding Question: How is technology allowing students to experience science in a new way?
Grade level: 4.7

Article Name: Learning science is fun with video games
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 440)
Author: Eric Hamilton
Date Published: September 4, 2015
Guiding Question: Can video games help students learn?
Grade level: 4.7

Article Name: In the Age of Screen Time, Is Paper Dead?
Source: NPR
Author: Steve Drummond 
Date Published: September 10, 2017
Guiding Question: Does studying for a test using technology harm student performance?
Grade level: 10.0

Article Name: Debate Over Whether Using iPads at School Is Beneficial to Students Or Not
Source: The Mercury News via Newsela (Ed. Newsela Staff. Version 860)
Author: Sharon Noguchi
Date Published: January 3, 2017
Guiding Question: What are the pros and cons to iPads in the classroom?
Grade level: 7.0

Article Name: Keeping Students Safe with Proactive IT Practices, Guidelines
Source: Education Dive
Author: Erin McIntyre
Date Published: March 3, 2016
Guiding Question: How can technology be brought to schools in a safe way?
Grade level: 8.4

Article Name: Does Technology in the Classroom Ever Get in the Way of Learning?
Source: NY Times
Author: Michael Gonchar
Date Published: May 19, 2015
Guiding Question: How does technology prevent learning?
Grade level: 7.9

Article Name: How Distracting are Laptops in Class?
Source: Washington Post
Author: Valerie Strauss
Date Published: August 23, 2013
Guiding Question: Does multi-tasking with technology mean that students are learning less?
Grade level: 7.4