Computers in a purple breakout pod display a blank screen, a replica of the type of blankness that can be instilled in the heads of some students when given the choice between written work or online work.
Computers in a purple breakout pod display a blank screen, a replica of the type of blankness that can be instilled in the heads of some students when given the choice between written work or online work.
Danica Bobick

THE ‘WRITE’ WAY?

Students discuss whether they prefer doing schoolwork written or online

Technology has brought advantages to the education system. Most students today don’t think twice about being sat in front of their computers. So what do students think about the means of getting their work done?

“I think digital work is better because it’s also a lot more legible,” freshman Taylor Iverson said.  “Written work is also more tiring and can easily get lost.”

Students believe that digital work is tidy. It can be typed with hundreds of interesting fonts and sizes of fonts, it can be put together in a neat, easy way for teachers and students to read. 

“I think that written work makes it harder for kids to cheat when they do things. I think digital is easier, to do it faster,” junior Halle Griffith said. “I think that with digital more kids can just cheat easier and with written it’s more of what they actually know.”

It’s a common occurance that essays and other short answers get answered by AI. It’s a good tool, however rather inaccurate in many cases. Without the computer students have no choice but have to put down what they have learned in class on paper.

“I think honestly probably digital is better for the students just because it’s easier for them to get it all done rather than writing a bunch of things and their hand cramping and stuff,” Griffith said.

I think that written work makes it harder for kids to cheat when they do things. I think digital is easier, to do it faster. I think that with digital more kids can just cheat easier and with written it’s more of what they actually know.

— junior Halle Griffith

Students think that typing is less stressful that using a pencil. It appears to be that typing is more efficient that writing. When writing the letters must be drawn out but of all that is done with the single push of a key when typing.  

“It’s got like a good thought behind it [online work] but sometimes it’s not the most well executed,” senior Case Bradish said. “It’s just easier for the teacher to lose but with digital work you have to worry about the kids having their laptops charged and stuff like that, having internet malfunctions where they can’t get it submitted, so it’s kind of a double edged sword.”

Paper can easily be lost on a desk or at home. Work submitted online is easily stored on the computer. Paper can be stored in a folder or such but without precautions it can end up wrinkled at the bottom of a backpack. 

I think theres some benefits to both digital work you can submit it right online, type it up real quick. But writing work is nice because you can, if you don’t have service of something, just do it at home still. It’s faster and you just submit it right away.

— sophomore Sharae Shoopman

“I think theres some benefits to both digital work you can submit it right online, type it up real quick. But writing work is nice because you can, if you don’t have service of something, just do it at home still,” sophomore Sharae Shoopman said. “It’s faster and you just submit it right away.” 

Wether students prefer to get their work done by computer or hand it can still be done quickly and easily with good focus. 

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