Sound to Sea I Opinion
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Sound to Sea is the official student news magazine of Manteo High School. The staff strives to provide informative and accurate coverage of individuals and events within the school and the Dare County community. Opinion pieces serve as a forum for the voices of the newspaper, its staff members and the community it serves. Views expressed in the Sound to Sea and the Sound to Sea on-line do not represent the opinions of the school’s faculty or administration or the Dare County School Board or its administration. You can reach the staff by mail at 829 Wingina Ave., Manteo, N.C. 27954, by phone at (252) 473-5841 extension 1081 or by e-mail at mhspublications@ daretolearn.org. Sound to Sea is a member of the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association and the Southern Interscholastic Media Association. Target Printing and Distribution of the Fayetteville Observer prints our publication. Approximately, 4500 copies are printed. Of those, 4000 are inserted into the Outer Banks Sentinel. The other 500 are distributed to students. Sound to Sea is printed four times a year.
Dylan Berry Editor
My civics project is nearly complete. I hit “submit” and with five minutes left in class, the cursor on my computer is...frozen. Great. The deadline has quickly passed; the assignment is now late. The internet. Specifically, the school internet. I hear nearly every day the frustrated smacking of keyboards and the sighs of assignments turned in too late because of our faulty wifi. Chromebooks are now handed out at the beginning of every school year. Since the school hands these out to each student, I believe they should supply sufficient internet to go along with it. For seven hours a day, computers are out and students continually work on them. We submit assignments, make corrections and work on projects. The computers are used for all types of work throughout the school day. E d u c a t i o n technology has grown significantly in the last two to three years. Laptops have been handed to the students instead of pencils and paper. Though the internet is spotty, I can’t say the school hasn’t tried to improve it. In 2016 the school upgraded the wifi to 5ghz to try and improve the signal. In 2017 they doubled the number of routers and they also replaced all the switches. The circular devices on each classrooms ceiling are called Access Points, which are attached to switches that all feed in
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to the Core switch in the back of the library. From there it travels over fiber optic cable to First Flight High School, then out to the state of NC, and then exits to the internet. T h o u g h improvements were made, the internet is still inconsistent. Assignments will be turned in late if the internet is not always available. Not having reliable internet means more work needs to be done at home than at school despite the fact that class time is given to work on those assignments. Work is work no matter where it gets done, the right choice would be where the reliable internet is. There are 497 students in this school and we all have some sort of work to do online. Students do group projects on a shared drive, conduct experiments, and work in their online classes. With all these connections, the internet is just not able to keep up. Websites that involve streaming videos use up a lot of bandwidth, which is the amount of data that can be transmitted in a given amount of
time. But while paper and pencil are being forgotten, the students have no choice but to deal with the internet. On another note, tests, quizzes, and the English II EOC are now given online. As time goes on, there will be more and more EOC’s given online through the Chromebooks. While completing an online test, a student could be almost done and the computer freezes, what happens then? These circumstances all come from the poor internet connection throughout a school. Internet problems jeopardizing a student’s ability to complete their final exam is not fair to those who worked the entire year towards that exam. There are a lot of students and faculty members using the internet at the same time, the internet should be prepared for this type of traffic. Teachers even teach with the internet! Kahoot and Quizlet help students to learn in a fun way but how are they supposed to teach if their computers were to freeze up or the internet crashes? They can’t. Teachers and students
would be able to achieve more if the internet would keep up with us. Online classes have grown rapidly throughout the past couple of years. When students are scheduled for online classes, they are scheduled for a period at school to work on that either in the media center or in a classroom. The internet opens up many opportunities for learning outside of what the school offers. COA classes give students a chance to earn college credit while still in high school. They also get the experience of how the college life will go while working in that type of environment. But, they can’t do any of that if the internet won’t connect to their virtual teachers or classrooms. The internet does not go out for a whole day, but every second it is out, students are losing their education. If the school would work out a budget to make for better internet, the students and staff could get through the day without their computers freezing. Until then, the frustration is rising and that cursor is still frozen.
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