It’s always challenging to find circumstances to connect with people and understand why we think in the ways we do. I met up with one staff member, one Sophomore, Junior, and Senior and asked whether or not we are making strong advances into the technological world or if we are failing to produce to our potential. Additionally, they could put in their opinion on Canvas use in the school. May I introduce this month's first collection of Alta High Humans and their words on tech.
Olsen (40 y/o): “I think technology is a tool, a great tool! It simplifies our lives, and we are always innovating and moving forward. Yet we can hide behind it sometimes.” Renfro (15): “We’re not using it as much as we should and we don’t pay attention either. Like when we use Canvas in our classes, we use Reminders more often to make sure we use Canvas. It’s a sad cycle.” Holbrook (16): “We’re doing alright, I find that things are going good. We could be progressing still, but with more progress comes more problems.” Anonymous (17): “The teachers are putting down so many assignments, it's like we’re being force fed Canvas and Google Docs. It’s getting harder to remember assignments.”
We can agree that our electronic advantages recieve lots of gratitude from the masses, like when it comes to science and business. It makes life run smoother, but it can turn on itself in some cases. Over usage of it begins to be a problem, so consider the thought of internet rehab centers in China and Japan. Sometimes, it can conjure some things that cause controversy or jail time. For example, direct messaging leaks from celebrities. Overall, technology is one of the best things of this century, but we can take a couple steps back from what we are trying to achieve.
Next, let’s get to know them! Jenny Olsen is a splendiferous teacher-librarian who enjoys buying books and not spending her own money. She loves the simple things, like when the children go to bed at 8:30 PM. Jenny is quite good at reading people, much like how she reads books and thinks crisp is one of the most fun word to say. One moment that changed her life was when her father passed. “It was the time that meant the most and it put everything into perspective.” She says.
Courtney Renfro is an attentive sophomore who loves grandeur in life, but it contrasts to her favorite time which is 3:00 in the morning “when the world is asleep.” A secret talent she holds is that she can rap quite well. Friends usually pick her up when she’s down, and “Hakuna Matata” is the best word to pronounce. One instance that changed her life was when she found out she was adopted. “It gave me better opportunities and a better life.”
Maxton Holbrook is an easy-going junior who loves “food and nap time”, music, and ladies. When choosing between simple or grand, he went a balanced route and said both. His secret ability is the he plays a Seagull Dulcimer and thinks “double sided double tape” is fun to say. The question was ‘what changed your life’, and this is his response. “Most things change for the better, and music was a big, positive change in my life.”
Anonymous is an intelligent senior who likes 80’s music and saying “my homie”. They like 6:00 PM (dinner time) and they can sing quite well. They chose grand over simple, and one moment that changed their life is when “My parents divorced, letting me realize home is a feeling and not a place.” Wise words, Anon.