TECHnically Speaking

How technology has benefitted communication and increased information in school


Nicole Bobb, News Editor

“Without technology, we would have to use books,” said Marina Uchai (11). Ten years ago, computers were just introducing themselves to the world of education.  Today, computers, tablets, and smartphones are in every part of our educational experience. “ It simplifies a lot of the work that we have to do,” said Uchai.

The integration of technology into our lives is changing the ways that we communicate, are entertained, as well as how we approach academics.“[I use] Drive, Google Docs, Skyward, the dictionary, and others [apps],” said Agathe Gentre (11). Students use their phones for more than texting during class. Students are capable of using technology in ways that are productive and help their academic ability. “I use my phone to text people about the assignments,” said Olivia Smith (12).

[Technology] used as the policy describes it allows us to get closer to 1 to 1 computing

— Brett McNeal


“They [teachers] don’t really like phones [in class], but they understand that we use them for a lot of stuff,” said Bryn Bogemann (11). Likewise, teachers utilize technology in their classrooms, “I use the teacher google sites [and] Quizlet for Spanish,” said Bogemann. Teachers are able to communicate with their students through email and text reminders. “[Technology] used as the policy describes it allows us to get closer to 1 to 1 computing,” said teacher Brett McNeal, “It has allowed access to more information.”

The IB program loans out iPad minis to their IB diploma candidates in their junior year. “Mr. Searing uses the iTunes U. There’s a lot of technology use in IB, said Elizabeth Shaffer (12).

More than anything, the use of technology is convenient.  “I like taking notes [on my iPad] so that it’s all in one place instead of having to shuffle through and carry around a bunch of books,” said Shaffer.

The use of computers help students become more organized with their various assignments.  “The google site helps a lot,” said Smith, “especially if you like lose an assignment you’re just like ‘ohh!’ and I can’t even.” Portage Schools likely won’t remove all of the textbooks from the school any time soon, but given another ten years the academic world may have no need for printed books. Say goodbye to the paper cuts and hello to the carpal tunnel.