By Kelly Heilman
Many students in Red Lion Senior High own a smartphone these days. Many of which use their device during class because many teachers now allow the use of personal technology in their classrooms.
A few students were surveyed to see if using their smartphone during class is beneficial to their learning experience.
When asked if smartphones were helpful in classes Senior, Gabby McCarty said, “Yes because it’s a faster way to look up information needed to complete our classwork versus taking the time to sign in and wait to get connected to the school’s computers.”
Senior Natalie Barrett was asked if she finds herself getting distracted by using her smartphone in class and said, “Yes, all the time because I am always listening to my music, and always finding something exciting because of how much phones can do these days.”
When asked how she thought using smartphones could be beneficial to her learning experience Senior, Sierra Donovan responded with, “If I ever need an accurate definition I can just look it up.”
All three seniors were asked if any of their teachers did not allow the use of smartphones during class, and all of them answered yes. Some Red Lion teachers still prefer the traditional, “no phones in the classroom,” way of teaching.
Mrs. Samantha Smith was asked if she thought that having smartphones in class was beneficial to students. She said, “Yes, this way students can function to a higher level and it will prepare them for future employment.”
When asked if she believed that smartphones are causing too many distractions, K-12 technology education coach Mrs. Samantha Smith answered, “It depends. There is a maturity level that comes with the technology. Kids should be taught what is and is not appropriate.”
There are many differing opinions on the use of technology in the classroom, but survey says the outcome is looking positive.
By Phoenix Ashman
New apps for Apple products are made every day. Therefore, the top 25 free apps change constantly.
While apps such as Snapchat, Instagram, Pandora, YouTube, and Vine are still a part of that 25, many new apps have surfaced on the radar of popularity.
The number one app on the list of free apps goes by the name of QuizUp: The biggest trivia game in the world. QuizUp is a trivia game with 250 topics like music, movies, sports and many others. The app allows you to play with not only with your friends, but people all over the world.
Other games on the top 25 include Skee Ball Arcade, Zombie Killer Squad, GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience, MoviePop, Deer Hunter 2014, Candy Crush, Monopoly Bingo, and Word Scramble.
The Top 25 free apps also include PicFlow, Bitstrips, My Talking Tom, and more!
Senior Courtney McBride told the Leonid her top favorites. “YouTube, for music. And another app called Smule Sing because I record myself on it and can connect with people around the world and sing with them as well. I also am obsessed with Hay Day, which I have on my iPad. It’s like FarmVille but it’s more realistic and just so … fun!” she finished with a laugh.
Junior Claire Krackow prefers social media apps. “My most favorite app is snapchat because it’s funny and thrilling because you only get to see the picture for 10 seconds. I also love Pinterest because it has all kinds of different ideas from hair, food, to makeup and clothing”
Senior Alex Clark said, “My favorite apps are Facebook, Instagram, and iFunny because Facebook allows me to be able to express my opinions to my network of friends. Same goes with Instagram. Instagram is great for uploading pictures of memories you can cherish forever. They both allow you to share your beliefs, and they both give you a voice to you social network of friends. iFunny is just something to look at when I’m bored and it has a bunch of hilarious pictures.”
The Apple app store is constantly changing, and even though right now the number one app is QuizUp, next month it could be a new game or the latest social media app.
By Nicole Thivierge
Red Lion Senior High was buzzing on September 18th as the new iPhone update, iOS 7, was released. The new update includes a new design and a simpler interface.
There are many new features that the iOS7 includes, such as Air Drop, a new Control Center, smarter multitasking screen, and a new notification center. Apple also decided to go with a whole new design. It is simpler, more useful and more enjoyable, but still familiar to users.
While some were buzzing about making 3GB of space on their devices for the update, many were talking about the overall design.
“I hate it,” senior Isaac Mason Phillips-Carey said. “The design of it looks like you’re playing as a kid. I like the iOS6 better because it’s more professional and not like, kiddy.”
The minimalist design is definitely different from the clean-cut look of the iOS6.
“It looks weird now. It looks too big. It looks cartoony. I like how it works better, it just looks weird,” senior NaToshia Spear said.
Despite the negative reviews of the appearance, many are raving about the new features of the phone.
“I like how you can block people now. I like how you can take a square picture, and have the effects on the photos,” Phillips-Carey said.
Change is not an easy thing to conquer, especially when it is on the all-important gadget: the cell phone. Though the new design on the iOS7 is not warmly received, the new features and functions are a hit.
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