Technology advances at Columbus
With technology changing right before our eyes every single day, some fail to realize how useful it is since we have been surrounded by it for so long. Almost anybody can find any piece of information from around the world in seconds. But is today’s technology ready to enter the education world? Columbus has had iPads for a couple years now, but has the school been prepared since introducing them? Some teachers see it as a distraction, others see it as an opportunity for educational information to be accessible for their students. Although students may lose focus sometimes due to the freedom they have on their Ipad, administration is cracking down harder on students non-school use of iPads, which will lead to the devices to solely be used for the right reasons. What students or parents might not even realize is that a lot of the assignments/tests for the class are all online, which can save the teacher’s time majorly and give them a chance to see their class’s progress with a faster, more convenient method. Columbus uses programs such as PrepWorks, which gives students online practice at their own pace, which can give teachers time to focus on each grade and can work with each student individually to address questions and provide help. Apps like PrepWorks let some students advance to the next skill while other students may take the time they need to learn the first skill, which would not be possible in a classroom solely with a teacher and a textbook. Although some teachers at Columbus may be a little outdated when it comes to technology, the Columbus administration provides a little of their own technology education before the school year starts, so the teachers are ready to reach full potential with their technology that they are also using to teach. To further the point of Columbus changing right before our eyes, a solar changing station was placed near the Mas Building recently. Not only is the school’s technology advancing, but the source of the technology as well. The school is now using eco-friendly sources to provide even more accessibility to our devices. This can only mean good for the future of Columbus, as they seem to be working towards a more eco-friendly approach to technology in general. Even to sign in at the attendance office now is offered through an online do-it-yourself system. Regardless of wether or not people like the idea of this much technology, it seems that it will continue at Columbus.