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Are Tech Distractions More Pressing Than Privacy and Security?

While many educators have embraced the idea of tech in the classrooms, others see tech as a potential distraction to students, who might use tools like Chromebooks and other mobile devices to play games or participate in other distracting activities during class.

A new report claims that teachers are still more worried about technology being a distraction in the classroom than security and privacy measures.

“Most teachers in the United States are more worried about the potential for technology in the classroom to distract students than they are about privacy and security, according to a new survey from Instructure,” according to The Journal.

“The online survey polled more than 650 K-12 and higher education teachers in the U.S. and more than 2,000 educators from industrialized countries worldwide in December 2015.”

While there is an increased in worry over distractions, the U.S. still holds the most tolerance for personal electronics in the classroom. The report states that countries like Australia and England have more of a slight to zero tolerance for technology in the classroom.

In 2015 and 2016 there were a series of major hacks that occurred at various companies such as Home Depot and Target. If this were to happen to schools, students', administrators' and educators' personal information could be vulnerable. 

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Article by Navindra Persaud, Education World Contributor

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