Students in Algebra I use laptops as part of their lesson. Photo by Skylar Dooley, Staff Photographer.
Students in Algebra I use laptops as part of their lesson. Photo by Skylar Dooley, Staff Photographer.

By DeNia Epps, News Writer

As freshman come in a new way of learning is also on the rise. Richland County School District One has issued the entire class of 2018 new laptops.

Since the laptops have been distributed, there have been some positive and negative affects not only on the freshman class but Keenan as a whole.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for freshman to have their own laptops because it will aid in instruction and allow the student to complete various assignments…,” Mrs. Deidra Pompey, English teacher, said.

The freshman class has been given the opportunity to take on some responsibilities. It also opens them up to a new learning experience.

The students are voicing their opinions on this Digital Learning Environment (DLE) and how it is making their learning process easier.

“It makes learning easier because you can take notes quicker,” Freshman Quint’era Goodwin said.

Students are really enjoying the laptops and the new experiences they are giving to them.  The use of laptops has made learning easier for some of the students.

Freshman stay busy using their new laptops for classwork and research. Photo by Skylar Dooley, Staff Photographer.
Freshman stay busy using their new laptops for classwork and research. Photo by Skylar Dooley, Staff Photographer.

“It does somewhat…it makes it easier to organize the work,” Freshman Desiree Kelly said.

Technology is gradually taking over the schools, and Keenan is getting on board. Not all of the students were given laptops, which caused some different opinions on the freshman receiving them.

“I feel as if they should not have laptops. They are very irresponsible,” Sophomore Isis Hill said.

Even though as of right now only the freshman class has the laptops, the sophomore class is due to get theirs in the winter.

Keenan has put some time restrictions on the laptops; they can only be used during instructional time. This allows Keenan control over behavioral issues: whether it raises behavioral problems or lowers them.

“It has the ability to do both; our hope is that the student uses it to better their education,” Mr. Sean Glover, Freshman Academy Assistant Principal, said.

DLE is taking Keenan in a futuristic direction.

Freshman having laptops has allowed them to work directly from the classroom instead of going to a computer lab. This also frees up computer lab time for other classes. Photo by Skylar Dooley, Staff Photographer.
Freshman having laptops has allowed them to work directly from the classroom instead of going to a computer lab. This also frees up computer lab time for other classes. Photo by Skylar Dooley, Staff Photographer.
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