Technology has been improving ever since mankind decided to innovate and advance. In schools, it’s the same way. Programs such as Aeries and Google classroom, along with technological devices like the school-issued Chromebooks students receive at Novato High, have enhanced the learning experience.
Novato High School offers many classes that focus on using the latest technology, including digital art, film, journalism, multimedia, programming, and sports medicine. These programs emphasize the convenience of using technology, rather than the old-fashioned styles of education that came before them. Student tasks have become easier to do, such as checking grades, obtaining homework, and contacting teachers; all made possible by having access to the latest technology.
Although most of the technology has been positive, some issues with the latest advancements have popped up. Academic support teacher Jerry Way described some of the potential concerns.
“I believe that acquiring more technology could be more distractful rather than beneficial,” said Way. “I think students can make it while using it (technology) when necessary, while other students rely on it as if it were their brain.”
Students using Chromebooks are expected to work from home and have constant access to assignments and communication.
Junior Ceeqwan Baysinger explained the benefits.
“Chromebooks can be useful for research purposes,” Baysinger said. “You can also do more on your Chromebook rather than your phone.”
Chromebooks are tied in with all of the Google programs, making it easier for many students who wouldn’t normally have Internet access at home.
Several of the teachers at Novato High School have started using modern, flat-screen high definition televisions to elevate the learning environment of their classrooms. This can bring video clips or lecture slides to a more interactive level.
Technology also allows students to work on their literacy skills, away from school.
New educational technology also seems more entertaining and fun compared to the technology previously used.
While the district is adopting new technology, they are are also aware of the distractions that could come with it, such as playing games, texting, web browsing, or watching videos. Some teachers are now implementing cell phone “turn-in” stations where students have to give up their phone upon entering the classroom.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) will soon be heavily used in schools as well, providing major changes to the school’s curriculum.
The technology is expected to be so good that many teacher’s tasks might even be replaced as AI seems to be more flawless. School systems are bound to change with society, so implementing this technology in schools can assist students in their learning, studying, and overall performance.
Google classroom allows students to stay on track with assignments, due dates, and tests. Grading is also improved with this program, as it automatically grades any quizzes or tests, and shows students if they are missing any assignments. Students and parents are able to monitor grades through Aeries, which is important when it comes to knowing what is needed to improve. These major changes have changed the classroom experience even more.
With 98 percent of America’s school districts connected to the internet, the use of technology has broadened and stretched across the country. Most districts now seem willing to incorporate newer technology into their classrooms with great expectations for student success. Assisting students and encouraging them to remain on top of their assignments should increase student productivity. It will be interesting to see how the world of education continues to be impacted with the latest tech.