When Gull Lake High School was gifted their iPads, they were also given a specific set of usage rules. It didn’t take people very long to discover different ways to abuse their iPad privileges.
It’s hard to go even one class period without seeing a fellow classmate playing a round of Plague Inc, or checking in on their Clash of Clans account. So, the question that one must logically ask is: Should high school students be allowed to have games on their iPad?
Unfortunately for most teachers, I believe the answer is yes. When our iPads were given out, it was also explained that the higher purpose of using these iPads was to become efficient users of technology in today’s world.
That is, I think, a very noble intent. As society grows, technology becomes more advanced, and in most careers workers have to be fluent users of this advanced technology. It was good of the school to give us these iPads and give us the opportunity to grow in our technological fluency.
A large part of our youthful lives is the desire to be entertained by trivial things such as games. While iPads have great educational power, we are more intrigued and more willing to work with learning the dynamics of games.
Should high school students be allowed to have games on their iPads? Probably. Should they be playing them in class? Well, that’s an entirely different story.
By Brian Wiegand