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Teachers reflect on the role of technology in the classroom

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Teacher Zach Zimney uses technology often to teach his graphic design classes.

Teacher Zach Zimney uses technology often to teach his graphic design classes.

Maddie Kurtovich

Maddie Kurtovich

Teacher Zach Zimney uses technology often to teach his graphic design classes.

Sammy Deterding and Megan Olk

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In recent years, the role of technology in the classroom has grown in importance. In this age of new development and innovation, schools and teachers find themselves trying to adapt to the ever-changing resources technology provides them. In a unique way, these decisions of how to best incorporate technology into the classroom will impact students’ lifelong learning.

BSM gives each student their own laptop to use so that they are able to take advantage of having all the information they could want at their fingertips. It is a tool that not only gets to be used in the classroom, but outside of it as well. Teachers at BSM take the responsibility of implementing technology into their classrooms. They find ways that they see fit to use what they have been given as a tool to help their students grow. “I think it can be a tremendous tool that can help students learn outside of the classroom,” Spanish teacher Mr. Matt McMerty-Brummer said.

Teachers use technology and apps such as Kahoot, Quizlet, Quizlet Live, Google Drive, iMovie, and Powerschool Learning. At BSM, Powerschool Learning is used daily to keep students updated on what they did in class that day, their homework for the night, and for helpful notes from their teachers.

Certain teachers take more advantage of the technology that is given to them and use it in more creative ways. “I think there are times when it can be very helpful when bringing something to life such as songs or movies that take students on a virtual field trip so they are able to see the geography and culture of Spanish speaking countries,” McMerty-Brummer said.

However, this privilege can come with the downfall of being able to get distracted. “There are students that struggle with self control and time management and technology becomes an obstacle in achieving their goals,” McMerty-Brummer said.

Technology doesn’t always have to be looked at as a distraction because it can truly be a tool that can expand an education and what a student can learn. “I think it depends on the students and their ability to self regulate,” McMerty-Brummer said.

Every department uses technology in a slightly different way. Art teacher Mr. Zach Zimny uses multiple types of technology for the different courses he teaches. “We use laptops for graphic design and I use Promethean boards to project and display different things. Pottery wheels are technology as well, just more of an old school piece of technology,” Zimny said.

Technology is becoming more and more prominent in schools everywhere, and new systems and programs are continuing to be developed. “It’s not going anywhere, it is part of the game now,” Zimny said.

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Sammy Deterding, Staff Writer

Sammy Deterding spends her time playing hockey. If it’s not on the ice throwing out chirps it’s in her basement pounding out slap shots as fast as Zdeno Chara and Shea Weber. Sammy casually added lacrosse to her athletic résumé last year and let’s just say it’s easier said than done when it comes to learning how to catch and throw a ball correctly. Learning the rules was a different story because they really don’t make sense. Still, after an entire season of playing, some of the calls made are beyond her. If Sammy is not playing sports, and if there simply isn’t anything to do, you can find her sitting in her room for endless hours watching Netflix, because who can just watch one episode of Grey’s Anatomy and not keep going? Sammy, that’s who.

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Megan Olk, Staff Writer

Believe it or not, there was a time when Megan Olk was only 21 inches tall. She had tiny feet and pudgy little hands ~ the only thing big was her toothless baby grin. Her family lovingly watched her add multiple inches year after year (after year), confirming their hunch that she’s an overachiever even in growing. (Take a breath, Megan!) While better suited for volleyball or basketball, you’ll find this girl defying logic on a daily basis as a dancer, leaving certain other BSM coaches bewildered she’d waste that height on dance! By the way, she’s also proof that watching mindless, pointless reality TV does NOT stunt one’s growth.

 

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Maddie Kurtovich, Photography Editor

Meet Maddie

Maddie is an editor, but because she is an editor of photograph you’ll find her in the photo room, not the editor room. Oh and just in case it matters the photo room is also where you’ll find the graphic designers (both the ones in Studio and in Graphic Design I). Oh yeah, and the photo room is a math room. It’s confusing, but not really.

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