How Technology has Changed Education

As technology has advanced, it has become much more prevalent in classrooms across the world. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, schools became increasingly reliant on technology. Students participated in classes fully online, causing a shift from assignments on paper to assignments on a laptop. Even now, school revolves around laptops and Smartboards. The question is, does technology affect education positively or negatively? To answer this, it is essential to first consider the evolution of technology over the years as well as the effects Covid has had on education. Before Covid, many schools gained technology intending to improve the education of students. At this time, most assignments were still on paper and laptops weren’t predominant in classrooms. After lockdown and as students began returning to class, many, if not all assignments rem online formats. This shows that as technology has become more important to school, education has certainly changed. Numerous studies have been done to decide if this change is good or bad.

Let’s begin with technology’s negative effects on education. Research shows that typing is a less effective way to take notes than writing can be looked at. A study was conducted that tested students who typed their notes and students who hand wrote their notes. Both groups were tested on information immediately after taking notes. The results clearly showed that students who handwrote their notes did better on the test. This allowed them to conclude that handwriting notes is more effective than typing because handwriting activates areas of the brain that are responsible for memory while typing doesn’t. Because of this, using technology to take notes is a less effective way of learning. This shows that using more technology in the classroom can be a less effective way of teaching. Another negative effect of technology is that students become very reliant on technology. Because assessments and assignments are often online, students are heavily relying on the answers being online as well. Because this information isn’t always correct, it can be misleading to students and give them wrong information. For younger students, good handwriting skills are going extinct. Technology also provides a distraction for students in class because it is so accessible. As shown, more technology in classrooms has certainly had negative effects.

On the other hand, it has also had positive effects. For example, education has become more accessible for students. If a student is sick, they can access their school work throughout the day instead of waiting to get paper copies when they return to school. Along with more accessibility, technology can also increase student collaboration. Group projects that would not be possible without technology can now happen. Technology also makes receiving feedback from other students much easier. It provides teachers with more tools to assign students hands-on learning experiences, allowing students to learn better. Students have the ability to use search engines to look up unanswered questions and additional information to complete assignments. This can make schoolwork more motivating to students, allowing them to complete their assignments and receive better grades. Technology also provides students with the tools they need to be successful in the classroom. For example, online planners and calendars allow students to keep track of their assignments.

Do the positive effects of technology outweigh the negative? Well, it does help students to be successful in the classroom when used in moderation, but it is not hard to become overly reliant on technology and allow it to become a disadvantage and a distraction. In conclusion, although there are positive effects of technology in the classroom, it has had an overall negative effect on students.

— Emma Javor

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Every-Other-Weekly Good News: Mini-THON

No matter what anyone is going through, no matter the circumstances, we can see that there is some good news shining in the darkness. This week’s good news stems from an event that took place last week on February 25. Mini-THON is an event that raises awareness and fundraises money for childhood cancer. Right here at Kennett High School, we saw many different people come together to help those affected by the disease and their families. Students, clubs, teachers, and administration; all attended and donated to raise almost $50,000 towards the cause. The total amount for the event will continue to grow, as Mini-THON has two more large fundraisers in the spring. This combined effort would not be possible without what happened behind the scenes.

Club presidents Hayley Magana and Grace Pruitt ran this event along with the junior chairs, Clara Morrison and Sadie Maxwell. They gathered a committee of about 20 people to help, whom we all can thank personally for organizing and putting together this event. Without their help, this event would not have been possible. Additionally, we saw many related acts of kindness. Some of these included people outside of the club stepping in to help Mini-THON become a reality. So many people volunteered to help fundraise for childhood cancer. From decorating the library to hosting events, people helped out in all different ways. Recall how Dr. Hritz performed his original song and ran 42 miles for childhood cancer on the same day!

Everyone’s combined efforts for this event led to a successful, kindness-filled day. Without the initiative of Hayley Magana and Grace Pruitt and their rallying of the junior chairs and Humanitarian club, this wouldn’t have been possible. Due to all the volunteers, faculty, students, clubs, parents stepping up to the cause putting in all the hard work this was one of the greatest acts of kindness of this week and will support many children and their families. We thank them for their kindness and look forward to upcoming Mini-THONs.

— Chase Sangine

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Tips for Success in the Second Semester

With the new semester starting, it is important to keep working hard in your classes, because if you didn’t do too well during the first semester, you have another chance to get your final grade up. In this article, I will provide you with some tips that will help you to make the most of your second semester and hopefully allow you to reach success at the end of the year.

Trying to get and stay organized for the second semester can be a challenge, but it can make a big difference in your success. It is most important to organize your schedule. When organizing your schedule, it is helpful to make a list of all you wish to accomplish and add to it throughout the day. You can make this list with an app on your phone, with a document on your laptop, or simply with paper and a pencil. Another way to organize your schedule is by using a weekly planner. For example, once a week you can fill out a planner with all the activities you are going to have to do for the week. This planner can be an app on your phone or a paper planner. After finding a method to organize your schedule that works best for you and increases your productivity, how can you keep your schedule organized to add to your success? To keep your schedule organized, make sure your to-do list or planner is accessible. This will make you more likely to add to it throughout the day. It is also helpful to set priorities on your list for maximum productivity. Put the most important things you want to get done at the top of the list and the less important things towards the bottom. The goal of organizing your schedule is to allow you to be more productive with your time. With increased productivity, you can do more assignments and have more time to study. This will result in better grades, which is a great step toward success for the semester and the school year.

Another important tip that can help you to reach your goals is staying motivated. This is arguably the hardest thing to achieve, but it can be the most helpful for your grades. One way you can stay motivated is by rewarding yourself when you get work done. For example, for every assignment you get done, you give yourself a half an hour break. This can help you to stay motivated because you are not getting too stressed and get to relieve yourself when you do get stressed. Staying motivated can help you be successful because if you have motivation, you will get your assignments done. The more assignments you get done, the less you have that are incomplete or missing. This can result in better grades, which could in turn help improve your motivation.

The last tip I have to help you succeed this semester is to utilize your teachers as resources. It can be helpful to ask questions in class if you are confused. The more questions you get answers to, the better you understand an assignment. This can result in a better grade on the assignment, which sets you up for success in a class. Another way to use your teachers to help you reach success is to ask for help and feedback. This can be done over email or in class. Let’s say you are unsure you are doing an assignment right and you want clarification, you can ask your teacher or email them to clarify. This is helpful because it not only helps you get a better understanding but also lets the teacher know you care about their class.

In conclusion, to be successful in the second semester, it is important to stay organized by sticking to a schedule or making a daily to-do list. It is also important to do your homework while staying motivated and pacing yourself. Lastly, it is important to use your teachers as resources to help you. You can do this by asking questions in class and asking for feedback on confusing assignments. I hope these tips are helpful and help you to get better grades, reach your goals, and ultimately achieve success. Good luck and have a great second semester!

— Emma Javor

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COVID-19 Booster Shots Now Authorized for More High School Students

On Monday, January 3rd, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot for 12- to 15-year-olds was approved by the FDA. Later, on Tuesday, January 4th, the CDC backed the FDA’s decision and updated its recommendations. The CDC now recommends that all 12- to 17-year-olds receive a booster shot as soon as possible. This affects all high school students because the more people that are able to get boosted against the Omicron variant, the fewer cases we have in the community. This is critical to lowering daily case numbers because, according to the CDC, getting a booster shot is proven to protect against the Omicron variant, which is responsible for the recent outbreak of cases.

Because the COVID-19 virus constantly changes, it is important that our government quickly adapts to eradicate high case numbers. The recent authorization of the third booster shot for 12- to 15-year-olds proves this. With increased cases of Omicron in our school and community, the goal is for students and citizens in the community to get vaccinated to help stop the spread of the virus and lower case numbers. With more people vaccinated, case numbers will lower. This impacts the school because case numbers will go down, which allows for a lower risk of virus transmission within the school. This in turn impacts the community because as the bodies of those who receive the vaccine and its booster shots gain immunity, the community can inch its way closer and closer to how it was pre-pandemic. Along with the vaccine authorization for 12- to 15-year-olds, the FDA also updated its authorization of the third booster shot for 16- to 17-year-olds to a recommendation. This is significant because it further proves how getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and getting booster shots for further immunity against variants, like Omicron, is recommended to lower case levels.

The authorization of the third booster shot for 12- to 15-year-olds sheds light on how critical it is for our government to act and adapt quickly to lower  the number of cases. It also shows the benefits of getting vaccinated within the school and the community. Although some risks may be involved with expanding the eligibility of the third vaccine booster, don’t let that alter your decision to receive the vaccine. It is clear the benefits outweigh the possible risks. Take this as a sign to sign up to get vaccinated and help stop the spread of COVID-19 within the school and the community.

— Emma Javor

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The Importance of Sleep

Raise your hand if you don’t get enough sleep. Even though I can’t see you, I can assume that you raised your hand. It has been estimated that 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep. And as you probably know, sleep can decrease your self-esteem and your ability to function as a person. So to help you get more sleep, I have a few quick tips to help you:

  1. Don’t sleep with your phone next to you. Instead, try reading a book before you go to bed.
  2. Get to bed at a reasonable hour each day, and try to make it consistent.
  3. Set aside screen time at least 30 minutes before bed.
  4. Sleep in a comfortable bed.
  5. Make sure you feel comfy when sleeping.

Sleep tight!

— Billy Wikol

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Student Spotlight: Junior Class President and Vice President

Over the past two years, Britney Sedano and Abby Adelman have both been successful in their positions as class president and vice president. They ran and were elected again in their junior year, making this their third year in these positions. Here’s a little more about how they have helped their class and plan on doing so again this year.

What are your plans this year for your class?

AA: I think collectively, our main goal is to raise money for prom, to lower the cost of tickets so that it can be an event that everyone can attend. We do this through fundraising of all kinds: nights at restaurants, selling shirts, homecoming tickets, etc. We have also always had a general goal of unifying our class and making sure everyone feels included and proud to be in the class of 2023.

BS: High school can definitely be a hard time especially in our day and age, so it’s our job as class officers to try to bring everyone within our class together.

How did fundraising go during the pandemic? Were you able to raise as much money as you hoped?

AA: Yes! Even with the pandemic ruining some plans, our class did a great job by showing up and supporting us by participating in the more creative fundraisers we adopted. Selling Krispy Kreme donuts, hosting a night at La Verona, and [holding] a car wash were some of the most successful fundraisers of our year, and we were able to meet our goal.

BS: Coming up with ideas for fundraising was definitely a challenge, but fortunately we have very creative officers who were able to come up with great ideas that made our year of fundraising very successful.

Would you say that your class officers work well together?

AA: Definitely. Although certain positions have changed over the years, everyone who has become an officer cares a lot about our class, which makes working with them easy. Also, it’s always just a great group of people, and we feel very comfortable with each other.

BS: Class office is undoubtedly a huge commitment. We are constantly staying after school to work on things and meet during our lunches to plan events. I can proudly say that each officer has no problem with this, given that we want to make each and every year better and better for every student within our class.

Juniors! Have ideas or questions for your president and vice president? Let them know!

Britney Sedano (President):

Abby Adelman (Vice President):

— Lina Liu

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How Timeboxing Can Help You as a Student

If you’re one of the types of people who always drifts back onto your phone after 5 minutes of work then, you are not alone. It has been estimated that 90-95 percent of college students have caught themselves in some form of procrastination, and I’m no different. One of the reasons we drift back to our phones to finish that Netflix episode is because we don’t know what to do during that time. If your to-do list is full of tasks, then you’ll do them—eventually. Probably at the last minute. But what the to-do list doesn’t say is when to do those tasks. If there is no “when,” then you’ll go back to the habit of scrolling through Instagram.

Fortunately, I have a solution: Timeboxing. How it works is that you create blocks of time concentrating on one thing. You are creating an appointment where you just work on your chosen task. By doing this, you no longer need to think twice about when to do that homework assignment. All you need to do is to follow your plan and let that be the guide to doing your work.

Now I know what you are thinking: “But what if my plan changes?” That’s true. Plans change all of the time. Sometimes an unexpected event or task gets in the way. Yet—like anything else—if your plan changes, then you just need to adapt. Create a new plan or calendar. It’s as simple as that.

Some of the best ways to start timeboxing are to use some apps. I use Google Calendar, but there are many others out there. If apps don’t strike your fancy, then you can use the classic pen-and-paper. But no matter which method you choose, you’ll get a productive timeboxing experience.

— Billy Wikol

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Student Spotlight: Freshman Class President and Vice President

Friday, September 17, we got the results for the Freshman Class Election and I decided to interview the President and Vice President to see what their plans are. Meet Grecia Bedolla, the president, and Ibrahim Rana, the vice president of the Class of 2025!

What are some fundraising ideas and when are you planning on getting them done?

GB: One fundraising idea includes a car wash, which is basic in every way, but I think it’s cool!

IR: We could have a local or fast food restaurant come cook lunch at our school and figure out a way to make that into a fundraising once a month.

GB: We could also get bakers to sell cupcakes or pastries

IR: I am also getting a high demand for bringing Scooby Doo Fruit Snacks.

What are your goals for the freshman class office?

GB: I want to make the school more environmentally friendly. Something as simple as turning off the lights and opening the blinds can help the Earth. I want to team up with the Earth club to make this school better environmentally.

IR: I believe that mental health is a big thing. I want to start a mental health group called Aevidum. Aevidum means “I’ve got your back”. Over 250 schools in PA have this club and I want to add Kennett High School to the list.

How will you work well together?

GB: Once we find common grounds, working with each other won’t be as difficult.

IR: We’ll just do everything together like a team. We also have similar ideas as to improving our class

Freshmen! Have ideas or questions for your president and vice president? Let them know!

Grecia Bedolla (President):

Ibrahim Rana (Vice President):

— Lina Liu

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Letter from the Editor: Autumn 2021

Hey Blue Demons!

Hoping that you each had a wonderful summer, I and the rest of the Kennett High School journalism team now welcome you back to a new school year!

Here at Kennett Journalism, we work hard to bring you coverage of school, local, and world events, and we’re so excited to bring you more this year! From school sports to national events to popular media reviews and everything in between, this is your spot.

This will be our second year—our first full one—since our digital relaunch, and I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait. Given everything that the Fates threw at us last year, Demon Press and KTV rolled with the punches and did a great job; that said, this year is going to be even better! KTV will hopefully be able to bring back many of the segments we all missed, and Demon Press will have tons of new articles and content for you!

A moment of shameless self-promotion: Writers and photographers interested in joining the staff of Demon Press, please contact me! All are welcome, and we’d love to have you!

Best of luck this year,

Rhiannon Stewart


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Kennett’s Creative Community: Let’s Talk About Publishing Our Own Original Works

Lots of people have a narrative they want to tell—but many feel they don’t have the means of telling it.

There are hundreds of creative students at Kennett: reporters, writers, artists, poets, animators, painters—you name it. However, one has to wonder: how much of their work goes unseen? It can be hard for creators to find a means to place their work in the public eye.

Luckily, Kennett has numerous outlets for students to publish their creations for the rest of the high school to see. There are now clubs for both writers and artists who want to put their work out there.

To start, Farrago, Kennett’s literary magazine, has been running for over a decade and, over the years, has proudly published hundreds of poems and short stories. Submitting is as easy as emailing a document to Mrs. Wilson. The piece will be presented anonymously to the club members for discussion, analysis, and, potentially, approval. Accepted pieces are printed into a charming anthology at the end of the school year. All sorts of writing pieces can be accepted, including poems, stories, song lyrics, and more.

For students interested in the visual side of the arts, the Comic Artists’ Guild is a brand new activity devoted to supporting members in improving their art and, if they wish, developing their own comics individually or in groups. Writers who are not comfortable illustrating panels are also welcome to come and partner up with an artist to see their story come to life. Members will be able to share their works with the club as a whole for feedback and discussion. This is a chance for KHS’s artists to show off their skills through illustration and storytelling.

Of course, some students are most enthusiastic about writing informatively—whether that means following local news or arguing their opinion. Perhaps the most guaranteed way for students to have their voices published is through none other than the Demon Press, which is always looking for new writers. Writers for the paper can submit an article once every two weeks on any topic that is school-appropriate and approved. That includes trends, events, advice, and even comic book reviews if one so desires.

There is almost no limit to the opportunities as Kennett for students to share their creative works—though some of these outlets can sometimes be overlooked. Farrago, Artists’ Guild, and, of course, Demon Press are all valuable resources both for reading material and publishing opportunities.

— Quinn Hammon

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