Students Google Their Way to Success


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Fourth period Spanish students rush to fill in the right answer before the clock runs out. Kahoot is an online application Spanish teacher Nereyda Robertson used to prepare her students for the vocabulary test on Thursday. “I think it’s a really good tool for review and I noticed the kids like it,” Spanish teacher Nereyda Robertson said.

Kelly Fee, Reporter

The click of the spacebar echos through the classroom as the powerpoint slide skips yet again, likewise to the beat of a heart. Living in the age of millennials, a more advanced society is the cause for a technological classroom setting. With so many teachers tossing their hard copy textbooks aside for online PDFs, we have to wonder, is it worthwhile?

Since the introduction of educational applications, teachers have slowly but surely been implementing them into everyday classroom activities. The biggest one being Google Classroom, an app that primarily all teachers use on campus. It is an online platform used for uploading assignments, notes and any extra resources students might need outside of the classroom.

Remind is a commonly used tool as well. It has a similar layout to an average texting app with teacher/student confidentiality, making it comfortable to use. Corresponding to its name, the app can also be used in sending out assignment reminders to students. With applications like these in place, teacher and student communication is strengthening in new ways.

Online simulations are being used to give students insight into things we can’t audibly learn. They are used to visually explain teachers’ descriptions and give extra information.
“Molecules are so tiny that you can’t see them with the naked eye, so I think it’s really good because it gives the students a chance to see how the molecules are really interacting,” chemistry teacher Blair Morris said.

Living in a digital era where jobs prefer employees with technical experience makes it a debatable life skill. While it is agreed that technology should be more heavily addressed in a high school setting, it’s all about being taught how to responsibly and appropriately use it. “It should be enforced because society is advancing and so should we,” sophomore Maylee Vetter said.

For every positive aspect there is a negative one as well. While BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is great for all students getting to participate, phones can be a huge distraction. “There is so many alerts and notifications that pop up when students are trying to focus on academics, so it can be a distraction; it’s human nature to want to click the notification,” Morris informed. Likewise to students, some teachers take advantage of technology. Handfuls of students complain that teachers assign online homework and video notes instead of teaching. This is problematic for countless reasons. One being that some students require more hands on learning than others. “I think a good teacher will use electronics in a positive way and not take it for advantage,” Spanish teacher Nereyda Robertson said.