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Teaching with technology: Northwest teachers find new ways to enhance learning

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Many teachers use technology for their students to access homework online.  Technology use at Northwest has gradually increased over the years and is now used in almost every classroom at Northwest.

Many teachers use technology for their students to access homework online. Technology use at Northwest has gradually increased over the years and is now used in almost every classroom at Northwest.

Many teachers use technology for their students to access homework online. Technology use at Northwest has gradually increased over the years and is now used in almost every classroom at Northwest.

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At Northwest, many teachers have gone paperless and rely on their students to access homework online.  For many teachers, this is a way to decrease the use of paper in their classrooms and give students a chance to print their own homework.  Teachers also use technology as a way for students to take tests and quizzes online and review them again in class.

While using technology in the classroom is beneficial in classrooms, often the of printing their own homework falls upon students to access their homework online.  For some students, deficient technology (e.g., broken printers, lack of WiFi) causes obstacles that can be prevented by simply receiving homework the old-fashioned way.

“Sometimes on the website where (my teacher) posts it (the homework) can get confusing because she doesn’t always date it,” freshman Emma White said. “You could print out the wrong homework, and she posts the homework late… sometimes so you don’t know what to do.”

White feels that if her teacher printed out the homework and handed it out in class, there would be fewer problems of getting homework and turning it in the next day.

“Sometimes she (the teacher) just doesn’t make copies for us.  I don’t know if it’s because she doesn’t have time,” White said.  

Teachers also acknowledge that some problems can occur by having students print out their own homework.  

“Some kids don’t have printers or don’t have 100-percent access to technology outside of school. With those students, they will come to me, and I print it off for them,” math teacher Victoria Bunch said.  

Most days, Bunch asks her students to print off their homework on their own.  Although there are some problems that arise, there are many benefits, as well.

“It saves (the school) paper, it’s faster, and it’s a way for them to access homework if they were absent or they didn’t turn it in and need to do late work,” Bunch said.

Having students print out their own homework allows them to access their homework at any point during the day and print it off at school.  They can also work on it during lunch and after school when they have time.

Using technology also can help teachers keep students motivated and engaged.  

“Almost all of my teachers use the overhead projector regularly to help us better understand what they’re teaching,” sophomore Kalina Rashkov said,  “Many of my teachers also do activities and projects in the computer labs and media center or at home utilizing the computers or certain apps and features available.”

For Rashkov, the use of technology is helpful because it allows her to have a better comprehension of the material and to ask questions during class.

In addition to projects and homework, teachers also use technology as a way to remind students of deadlines and test dates.

“Most of my teachers also use technology for homework assignments, helping us keep track and as a means of giving us information including updates and information relevant to what we’re learning,” Rashkov said, “They use Remind 101 (a text-messaging service), personalized websites and other apps and strategies like virtual calendars.”

Accessing homework online and having reminders on teacher’s websites are beneficial tools for students.  They like accessing homework online and having one consolidated place to find assignments and dates.

“I like using technology in and out of school because it’s a great way to give quick updates and saves paper,” Rashkov said, “It opens up new learning opportunities and gives us more study tools. It’s definitely helpful.”

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