Teachers cope with lack of tech

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Teachers cope with lack of tech

Bella Mihm & Vanessa Sanchez, Reporters

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The school hack has been a big problem for many of the teachers who use technology for most of their teaching and has had a big effect on their students.
Having no access to technology for a month of school is frustrating for people, especially the teachers. Teachers have to find replacements for teaching the students in class, and students may not have computer access at home.
“A lot of what we do technology-based is showing stuff on the over-head, being able to draw on the board, manipulating things, videos; especially for drivers ed,” said Mr. Jeffrey Rush, Drivers Ed teacher. “I made copies, and they had to write on the copies. It was more handwritten stuff. I had to do a lot more stuff at home.”
Since there is limited technology for teachers, there is even less technology for the students. Students are unable to use computers at school due to not being able to log in. That could lead some students to be pushed more behind if they do not have internet access at home.
“There’s been a delay between having to print stuff off at home, having to bring it to work to copy it, having to distribute it; it’s been very challenging,” said Mr. David Lynch, college algebra and computer science teacher. “With kind of workarounds that we’ve put in place, I don’t think we’ll be very behind. Computer science will be about two weeks behind, but we will still finish where we plan to.
While having to work with no technology for so long, teachers had to develop a different way to organize, plan and create new techniques to keep on schedule. Now that the internet is coming back, teachers will have to decide if they are going to stick with the way they were teaching without it, or go back to using technology full time.
“I would stick to the way I’m teaching just because I used a lot of it,” said Mr. Rush. “I try to teach different ways: visual, auditory. I’d be able to go to more information so it’s more visual. They’re able to watch videos again.”