Huntsville’s Digital Downfall

Students access their textbooks via the internet and a laptop.

Students access their textbooks via the internet and a laptop.

Lilly Higdon, Writer

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It’s been a little over a month since Huntsville City Schools made the digital transition to the Pearson 1:1 learning. Thus letting their students switch out their textbooks for laptops and iPads, but the conversion has been less than successful.

Most students got their laptops a week before school started super excited, but that quickly changed when they started facing problems with the school-issued computers. At the meeting for parents to voice their concerns, parents proclaimed of having problems with connecting to the internet, website restrictions, having a difficult time trying to print papers out, and logging in.
But the even bigger issues are faced by those who don’t have Internet and for those who can’t log in. Luckily, officials re-ensured that student’s work could be downloaded and even printed out to correct the burden. Pearson provided the paper version of the curriculum to the teachers, just in case of a student complication. Parents are also complaining about their passwords not working, but the IT manager, Sandra Simmons, clarified that the passwords can be changed.
Huntsville High junior, Deonta Moore, said, “It’s hard for everyone to be on the same page but for the most part it’s pretty good.”
Trying to overcome these difficulties may take some time, but Huntsville City Schools and Pearson are trying to find easy solutions. And hopefully soon students, parents, and teachers can.