By Jeet Rai
The school has numerous plans for the future that students, teachers, and administrators will be pleased with.
Currently, as with many campuses, the school’s Wi-Fi system does not always work at the pace everyone needs it to. Sometimes the internet is too slow, so teachers have trouble submitting attendance, and it often takes too long for students to log on to the computers.
However, it looks like all of these problems will soon be of the past. The school will implement a new wireless project that will give every classroom internet access.
As a result of the wireless project, all building exteriors will have Internet access points, which are features that allow wireless devices to connect to a wired network using Wi-Fi.
“The goal of the project is to increase the speed and reliability of internet access, since the school would go from 100 access points to over 400 access points,” administrator David Bensinger said.
The school received additional money through the Common Core Fund, which permits yet another technology update coming in the fall semester of 2015.
The school hopes to distribute either Chromebooks, which are more compact versions of laptops completely powered by Google, or Windows 8 laptops to all students.
Although this wireless project is still in its developmental stages, students can expect to receive some sort of computer device in the near future. Administrators are also considering the possibility of having students take home and bring back their devices, similar to the process of checking out textbooks.
History teacher Fernando Escobar is currently piloting the new Chromebooks in his classroom, and when I sat down with Bensinger, I got a firsthand experience with the Chromebooks.
Upon opening the laptop, I was directed to my login page with Google. All students have already been signed up with Google Classroom, so the actual process of logging in took about 20 seconds. Then, I was able to quickly access the internet.
GHCHS is considering Chromebooks because many other schools have proven their success. They are also more dependable than the current system, and students and teachers no longer have to worry about chargers and laptop carts.
“Some instructional activities are better served with technology than others and we realize that technology will never replace great teaching. It all depends on where the devices are best suited to the teacher’s instructional methods and needs in the classroom,” Bensinger said.