Technology Overthrows Duo Pencil and Paper

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Meilani Bitanga

Freshman Caillou Sleiman uses a laptop to check Google Classroom.

Meilani Bitanga, Staff Writer

Pencil and paper, the dynamic duo of high school education, has largely been replaced by technology as computers advance in the classroom.

According to The Paris Review’s Website, many famous writers preferred pencils. Authors like Ernest Hemingway wrote entire novels, as a first draft, in pencil.

While many students and teachers like to save paper for the sake of the environment, others believe using pencil and paper still serve purposes in their education. The need for a physical copy of the homework or notes is a problem that many teachers fail to see.  

“I believe it was easier and more beneficial to my education because it was easier to do my work,” said junior Kay Brennan. “It has affected my learning by making it harder for me to get a lot of my work done.”

However, technology does have its purposes when doing work inside and outside of the classroom. Sophomore Jaelese Peavy believes that computers are easier for work and that they are faster than writing. While sophomore Gabe Chester believes technology allowed him to have better access to resources such as textbooks.

“Instead of having to carry a textbook to each class, I’m able to easily locate them online,” said Gabe.

Although many programs like laptop loaner help students who do not have the necessary technology, they are still required to fill out applications. Not all students fulfill the requirements for a loaner laptop, leaving them laptop-less.

“The no-paper classrooms have actually made me do my work less, I either don’t have the ability to print out work on my own , or go onto a computer and type there,” said Kay. “It’s more work.”