Talk of the Hawk Volume 1
A magazine by students for students.
We see these little, blue laptops in the hallways every day now. For some students at LCHS, October 16 was the first time they had ever owned a laptop. For a fee of $20, they get to use a Dell Latitude 2110 issued by the school for personal and academic us- age. This new learning initiative gives infinite possibilities to what teachers can do in the classroom. Being connected with technology used to be forbidden in school, but now, administrators and teachers encourage it. Programs such as DyKnow and V-Class make incorporating technology into daily lesson plans simple and efficient. Teachers such as Jaime Smith have encouraged students to transfer over all of their notes written on paper to their laptop. This will give them access to eve- rything completed in the first nine weeks of the school year without a student having to carry a binder to class, along with their laptop. “We do assessments online to provide students with immediate feedback, daily Bellringer activi- ties online, for our class it has opened up the ability to be more inquisitive about the topics we are discussing, and I think this is just the start of the possibilities of what we are going to be able to do when we get more familiar with it,” Smith explains. “I‟m proud to be in a district who has been a leader in an initiative such as this rather than a follower.” The reality of it is most students can type faster than they can write. This increases the amount of work that can be completed and the amount of notes that can be taken. Also, instead of teachers being forced to leave their classrooms to make cop- ies, they can simply post an assignment or reference sheet on V-Class or use DyKnow to wirelessly send it to a student‟s computer. These programs also give teachers monitoring abili- ties that always seemed out of reach. These are no longer possibilities, but actualities. Of course, nothing positive comes without negatives. Stu- dents who do not bring their laptops to class are given an alternate assignment which does not require a laptop. If a student‟s laptop has technical difficulties, they are given a temporary laptop to use until theirs is repaired. These repairs fall back on Fred- die Newby, Theresa Banks, Paul Richardson and Matt Wise, with assistance from selected stu- dents enrolled in a course enti- tled “Help Desk”. They have been trained to resolve com- mon issues that arise with the Little Blue Dell How new laptops at LCHS make learning interesting. Erika Bowles Larue County High School November 22,2010 Volume 1, Issue 1 The Talk of the Hawk Inside this issue: F F A By: Shelby Sull i- v a n 2 Responsibil ity By: Josh Jones 3 ECTC By: Torrence Maxberry 4 College Bound By: Brittany Car- m a n 5 Teens and Seat- belts By: Jennifer Boone 6 Distracted Much By: Chelsea Lee- Redman 7 Intermediate Li- cense By: Nathan Fulk 8 Cheerleading a Sport? By: Niccole Carter 9 Days at Camp By: Tyler Litton 10 Teens and the Media By: Laura Despain 11 Tatted Up By: Luther Despain 12 School Lunches By: Katelyn Edwards 13 Shoes By: Brandon Druen 16 Dell Laptops. “The most com- mon problems we see are stu- dents incorrectly typing their email address, accidentally turning off their wireless, and turning off their battery charger,” says Banks. They have anticipated “for the most part, all of the problems they have encountered. There was one they didn‟t see coming, though. “One student got milk behind his screen. It was in there for a few days and it stank to high heavens,” banks continues. Overall though, she believes LCHS will have a jump on other schools and students will be more prepared for col- lege. “My daughter is in college and she uses her laptop for everything.” The new learning initiative gives a whole new meaning to the word “teaching.” Students are more cooperative and focus more on what they are sup- posed to be paying attention to. Teachers can block out certain programs with DyKnow and it gives them the ability to “make students pay attention.” It adds a new aspect to learn- ing and prepares students for the use of computers in college and beyond. This entire article was re- searched and written on a “Little Blue Dell.” The tech people that work on the laptops: Freddie Newby, Paul Richardson, Theresa Banks and Matt Wise.