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Computers now necessity

Thompson Wong, reporter

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Every student, teacher and faculty member at McKinley High
School are given school emails. We use internet-based services
like Infinite Campus and Google Classroom on a daily basis to
check our grades and complete school work. School assignments
for students range from typed essays to slide show presentations.

It’s becoming a necessity for high school students to have a com-
puter, which is why MHS should have a laptop-rental program

These days, I get assignments that require me to use a com-
puter, such as essays for my English class or a presentation for

my Social Studies class.
The same problem applies to nearly every student at MHS. We
all receive these assignments that require us to use a computer,

and some students are limited in ways to complete these assign-
ments, resulting in them not completing them at all.

I hear teachers tell students to use the computer labs or librar-
ies if they don’t have a computer at home. However, with the

limited time schedules that computer labs and libraries have,
the amount of time to complete assignments is sometimes not
enough.

With assignments given to students that require computer us-
age, MHS should be providing ways for students to have access

to computers, also keeping in mind the amount of time they
need to complete an assignment.
Our world is progressing into a world of technology, and with
that, our school needs to as well. We can’t prevent technology
from being a part of our school.
After high school, graduates will encounter many situations
that will require them to use a computer. There are jobs out there
that require employees to have basic computer skills, which
is why high schools have to help their students become more
knowledgeable in using computers.
There are also other benefits besides preparing students for
the real world. According to a study on fifth, sixth, and seventh

grade students, run by Dr. Deborah L. Lowther from Univer-
sity of Memphis, when the students were given a problem and

related answer to consider, students with computers showed
higher problem-solving skills compared to the group of students
without computers.
Former President Barack Obama has expressed in his remarks
to the Miraikan Science and Youth Expo in Japan that there’s
no limit to what students can achieve with technology at their
fingertips, remarks that Obama continued to carry with him
throughout his term, which gave rise to an elementary school
named after him, named Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet
School of Technology.

“The future is now,” as they say. Though there might be chal-
lenges in creating a laptop-rental program for our school, the

benefits that our students can receive from having full-time ac-
cess to a computer is great. It is all in the effort to move forward

with technology.

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Computers now necessity