Is Gull Lake technology keeping up to speed?

Chromebooks have become essential to Gull Lake High School classrooms, students, teachers, and clubs. Photo courtesy of Parker Feraco

While the implementation of google chromebooks as the main technological device for Gull Lake High School students at the time (2016) was impressive, the faults of the device over a given period of three years are starting to become more apparent.

Although not every school district across the country is fortunate enough to have such technology at their disposal, Gull Lake High School is, and therefore should be spending these funds on the best (though still affordable) laptops out there. The chromebooks provided at Gull Lake have done an excellent job at allowing students to work on assignments at school and at home (if there is a suitable network), but the efficiency has seen a drop as time goes on.

All pieces of technology become outdated and lose their peak efficiency, such is true for the chromebooks, which are three to four years into use and showing signs of issues. Chromebooks that can no longer function correctly, such as shutting off unexpectedly, not rebooting/turning on, or being unable to connect to the internet at school, are then rendered useless to the student. Although not all chromebooks are deteriorating at the same rate, it is clear that they are reaching the end of their peak years of use.

A possible solution could be similar to the high school’s previous approach with transitioning from iPads to chromebooks: introduce a new technology incentive to shareholders and the community, repurpose the chromebooks, and get ready to implement new technological devices in a few years. When outsourcing the iPads that the high school utilized before chromebooks, the devices were sent to the K-5 building to be used by students there.

The ability for chromebooks to be useful in the classroom was definitely felt, coming from a student that used one for three years, so finding a newer model of chromebook to replace the high school’s older versions seems suitable. This would prevent students from having to learn a new piece of technology all over again while also allowing teachers to keep assignments and learning lessons that require this technology to be similar.

Looking at the selection of chromebooks available on the Google Store, the Acer Chromebook 11 appears to be similar to the devices being used at Gull Lake right now, and most importantly, are affordable for the school at $199.

An article by Business Insider goes into greater depth of the Acer Chromebook’s positives. Although the current chromebooks being utilized at the high school are effective, the aging technology will have to be addressed soon to avoid complications in future student learning and teacher online lesson plans.


Justin Walker

Justin Walker

I’m a senior at Gull Lake High School, and this is my first year on staff. I enjoy writing about our school sports’ programs and other areas as well. Having a deep interest and enjoyment in our English classes at Gull Lake, I’ve decided to pursue a different side of writing by doing newspaper and hope to provide entertaining articles for our viewers. Being involved in sports such as cross country and track, while also being invested to clubs such as Debate and Model UN, I write about topics that affect both myself and classmates.

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