Twelve Years of Technology

By Hailee Cederquist

Northview seniors have a unique perspective on the evolution of technology. They've just about seen it all, from overheads to iPhones. Below is a brief overview of their colorful experience.

Elementary School: Overhead projectors were the chief piece of classroom tech. Seniors share nostalgia about the old days of organizing the transparency sheets, drawing whatever they wanted and accidentally using a permanent marker. 
Flip phones are hot around this time, too. Senior Alec Lucksted remembers “flipping them so hard that they snapped in half.”

Middle school: Seniors see Smart Boards for the first time. Someone still ends up using a real marker on them.
iPods are the newest must-have gadget.
Computer classes become a core part of curriculum for students, with typing being the dominating activity of the class. Mavis Beacon and Type to Learn are the most used programs. Senior Allea Eickhoff recalls the awful, plastic, orange covers used to hide the keys.

High school: School construction is complete and the new projectors are in place. “They’re just smarter Smart Boards,” senior Aaron Stein said.
Classroom sets of computers are commonplace in the high school. Seniors have various thoughts on the different types.
Eickhoff said, “The Dells need to go in the trash.” Stein and Lucksted agree. They are big and slow, and according to Stein, too expensive for the quality received.
The Chromebooks received a more positive review. They are “everything that the Dells are, just better in every way,” Stein said.

When asked about their feelings on the iPad cart, seniors almost seemed confused before remembering Northview even had one. Apparently throughout their four high school years, two of the three interviewed seniors remember using them once. They believe the iPads to be better suited for elementary students.

The seniors are thankful that their generation grew up during a time when the Internet was readily available, but also that they can remember the ‘good old days’ of overheads and whiteboards.
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