The Contemporary Kayhi Classroom

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Screenshot of Canvas

By Cheyenne Mathews
Editor in Chief

In a room of thirty computers, a dozen students sit working on Google Drive, WordPress, and InDesign. Technology has become very important to this second period journalism class. Work, assignments, and quizzes are all done online through Canvas, which is an online site that manages K-12 education. Several classes at Kayhi use online resources like Canvas including Journalism, Debate, and World History.
Senior and 4.0 student Eliah Anderson uses Canvas in AP World History and Journalism.
“It’s actually pretty cool,” said Anderson on Canvas. “It has a lot of potential. There’s a lot of cool features available. In the classroom I don’t think it is being utilized.”
The online site has several in class applications. Canvas is connected to the K-21 account school emails and teachers can send announcements and due dates to that email.
“I think it makes it more difficult to know about assignments,” said Anderson. “Sometimes I forget to check what assignments are coming up because we don’t hear the teachers talk about them.”
During her interview Anderson checked her K-21 account for the first time without a teacher directing her to. Her inbox popped up with 58 unread Canvas notifications from her classes at Kayhi.
“It hasn’t helped me so far,” said Anderson of the email notifications. “Now that I know about it, I probably won’t use it because I don’t check my K-21 account.”
Journalism teacher Jeff Lund is using Canvas for the  first time this school year.
“I’m still in the process of getting used to [it],” said Lund. “There’s an easy grade on there, it’s a lot more organized.”
Canvas is a new aspect of classes at Kayhi and both teachers and students are still working to find an effective way to utilize it in the classroom. In his Journalism class, students have the ability to work on a variety of articles in any order.
“Canvas is essentially a resource,” said Lund on the way he uses Canvas in class. “It’s self paced.”
Senior Haley Hanna also uses online resources for research as well as programs and sites like Canvas, WordPress, and InDesign in class.
“I think it is probably easier for teachers because they can keep it all organized and in one spot,” said Hanna. “I think it makes it easier for students because they don’t have to carry home a lot of books.”
Hanna is saving up to buy a Lenovo Flex 2 computer but for now she uses her HP laptop and iPhone 6 for at home research.
“A lot of the time teachers have laptops or iPads for students to use,” said Hanna. “I think that if you want to try to build a way for students to work better more you shouldn’t have technology because technology is kind of distracting and they would have to use their brains without technology.”
Gerald Scarzella uses technology in the majority of his classes. He taught digital photography for seven years and uses graphing calculators in his more advanced classes.
“I think teachers have to be accommodating if students can only use technology at school they should have time in class or school to do that,” said Scarzella on the way he uses technology in the classroom.
The way teachers and students use technology in the classroom has evolved over the years from periodic use of a computer lab to everyday incorporation of iPads and laptops. Ketchikan High School has embraced this slow trend of technology use by utilizing online resources and sites.

 

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