Story By Danny Rhoad
Why is it important to use technology in classrooms? This is what the students of Digital Learning 2 need to know. They are going to be using many different ways of technology in the class.
“I’m excited to find a new way to help the school using technology,” Maddie Stephens seventh grade said.
DL2 is a class where students can learn to use technology to help others around them. The main assignment in the class is to find a problem in the school and fix it using technology. Spencer Baldwin, seventh grade, said he is doing an app of a digital schedule for smart phones.
Many students have different ideas. Joel Nixon is creating a new way to check into the office, while Tylee Ellingwood who has an idea to simplify the item pick up process in the front office.
Although students think it is more of a technological class, it is also related to the business standpoint.
“It’s a good mix, but it's probably 50-50,” Mr. Evan Snyder, seventh grade DL2 teacher said.
The students have to use technology to help them design their solution to their problem. But they have to take various steps to do so. “They stick to the design process.” Snyder said. These steps help the students along their path to creating the solution they chose.
The students do seem to enjoy the class.
“It’s fun because we get to work with a group,” Stephens said
Even though the students do not get to choose their groups for this project, working with one will help them develop teamwork skills.
Snyder also enjoys teaching the class. “I do enjoy it because I feel more of a facilitator than a teacher and that makes it fun and different for me,” he said.
This class helps students learn many different skills. Snyder said the students take away teamwork, leadership, and technological skill.
“This class helps us learn about the design process which will help us later on in life,” Stephens said.
Many students really enjoy the class and learn a lot of important skills during it.
“It gets our brains thinking,” Baldwin said.
All stories, photos and video footage by the seventh and eighth grade newspaper students.