Drew Meklinsky and Noah Scholnick Proposal on Technology in the Classroom

Context

Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

Oblazney Proposal on Technology and Children

Context

Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

The Race between Legislation and Technology

In today’s age, it’s incredibly difficult for legislation to keep up with technology to ensure the safety and well-being of society. Congress is now considering passing the cloud act, which would give the United States access to international data needed to prosecute criminals and prevent future terrorism. Often times, required evidence can be stored on foreign databases, creating an obstacle for prosecutors. This also puts technology companies in a difficult situation as they have to withhold information that could pose a threat to national security.

Should schools monitor social media?

Schools in Orlando, Florida in 2016 started helping the local authorities by monitoring student social media to see if there were any incriminating or dangerous posts.  This would have been extremely helpful in this recent tragedy in Florida. While the actions taken are unspeakable and we all should be praying for those impacted, we have to ask- could this have been prevented? Authorities have indicated that the perpetrator had posted very graphic and VERY disturbing posts on his social media that directly implied he was going to take serious action.

Do companies know too much about us?

Large companies have been collecting data on their consumers for decades. Older companies gathered information on sales and marketing in order to predict future profits and improve worker efficiency. More recently media giants are collecting very new kinds of data though. Facebook, Google, and many technology corporations are watching what we search, where we go, and even what we say. 

Technology Replacing Jobs

Just a couple weeks ago, Amazon opened an Amazon Go store, where customers can conveniently walk into the store, shop for what they want, then leave without ever going through the hassle of checking out. This disintermediation concept is just beginning for the company through their acquisition of Whole Foods, experiments with local book stores, and a potential acquisition of Target.

Should Apple be Held Responsible for Adverse Effects of iPhone?

Many of us would say we are "addicted to our phones" and this is an issue that has gotten worse with recent generations. Tech addiction has become a national concern, and it has been affecting children especially in dramatic ways. As we are biologically prone to getting addicted to these types of experiences, our brains act in the same way that those of a substance abuser would when we look at our screens. The creators of smartphones are aware of the addictive qualities of the products they create.

Technology and Privacy Issues

In the age of digital disruption and innovation, we’ve experienced technological integration in a majority of our everyday activities and interactions. While this progress has made our lives easier and more efficient it many ways, it also comes with several risks-especially issues concerning privacy and monitoring.

Should High Schools Get Rid of Lockers?

The Washington Post recently published an article titled "Schools and lockers: No longer the right combination" that describes multiple high school students across the country who do not use or even know where their assigned locker is located. Students claim it is too much of a hassle and that there is not enough time in between classes to make a stop, and that they prefer to just keep everything with them. If existing schools decide to get rid of the majority of lockers they have, what do you think this space should be used for?

The Race between Legislation and Technology

In today’s age, it’s incredibly difficult for legislation to keep up with technology to ensure the safety and well-being of society. Congress is now considering passing the cloud act, which would give the United States access to international data needed to prosecute criminals and prevent future terrorism. Often times, required evidence can be stored on foreign databases, creating an obstacle for prosecutors. This also puts technology companies in a difficult situation as they have to withhold information that could pose a threat to national security.

Should schools monitor social media?

Schools in Orlando, Florida in 2016 started helping the local authorities by monitoring student social media to see if there were any incriminating or dangerous posts.  This would have been extremely helpful in this recent tragedy in Florida. While the actions taken are unspeakable and we all should be praying for those impacted, we have to ask- could this have been prevented? Authorities have indicated that the perpetrator had posted very graphic and VERY disturbing posts on his social media that directly implied he was going to take serious action.

Do companies know too much about us?

Large companies have been collecting data on their consumers for decades. Older companies gathered information on sales and marketing in order to predict future profits and improve worker efficiency. More recently media giants are collecting very new kinds of data though. Facebook, Google, and many technology corporations are watching what we search, where we go, and even what we say. 

Technology Replacing Jobs

Just a couple weeks ago, Amazon opened an Amazon Go store, where customers can conveniently walk into the store, shop for what they want, then leave without ever going through the hassle of checking out. This disintermediation concept is just beginning for the company through their acquisition of Whole Foods, experiments with local book stores, and a potential acquisition of Target.

Should Apple be Held Responsible for Adverse Effects of iPhone?

Many of us would say we are "addicted to our phones" and this is an issue that has gotten worse with recent generations. Tech addiction has become a national concern, and it has been affecting children especially in dramatic ways. As we are biologically prone to getting addicted to these types of experiences, our brains act in the same way that those of a substance abuser would when we look at our screens. The creators of smartphones are aware of the addictive qualities of the products they create.

Technology and Privacy Issues

In the age of digital disruption and innovation, we’ve experienced technological integration in a majority of our everyday activities and interactions. While this progress has made our lives easier and more efficient it many ways, it also comes with several risks-especially issues concerning privacy and monitoring.

Should High Schools Get Rid of Lockers?

The Washington Post recently published an article titled "Schools and lockers: No longer the right combination" that describes multiple high school students across the country who do not use or even know where their assigned locker is located. Students claim it is too much of a hassle and that there is not enough time in between classes to make a stop, and that they prefer to just keep everything with them. If existing schools decide to get rid of the majority of lockers they have, what do you think this space should be used for?

Social Media and Cyberbullying

As many of us has experienced, social media has become a routine part of our everyday lives. In fact, approximately 80% of teens use a smart phone regularly, 92% of teens report going online at least once a day, and 56% go online several times a day. Although social media provides a great platform to connect and engage with friends, it has also created a convenient medium to engage in cyberbullying.

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Drew Meklinsky and Noah Scholnick Proposal on Technology in the Classroom

Context

Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

Oblazney Proposal on Technology and Children

Context

Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

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