Category: Technology

In the world of technology, what’s in and what’s out, what’s new and what’s old.

Taking Phones Away Hurts Students In the Long Run

Over the past several years at BL, teachers have become much more strict about their policies regarding cell phones in the classroom. When I was a freshman four years ago, there were never as many guidelines and restrictions as there are today. Sure, there were a few classes where teachers required us to put all our phones into a bin or onto a table, but it was never as widely enforced as it is today.

Music Streaming Services Popular Among Students

Many students at Boys’ Latin have diverse  tastes in music and various ways of finding new songs to listen to. Whether it be rap or country, hip-hop or 80’s, BL students have always been  interested in a wide variety of music genres. But music streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Soundcloud have changed the way students find and share music as they get older.

BL’s New Plan For Phones In the Classroom Draws Support And Criticism

Cellular devices have become a big topic conversation over the past several years.  According to a 2017 study study done by the Pew Research Center, 54 percent of teens ages 13-17 worry that they use their phones too much.  You’ve seen them, walking around campus with their heads down, staring into their screens. Maybe you’re one of them. The fact is, there are students across the country and at BL who are addicted to their phones and can never put them down. In response, the upper school implemented a new policy at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year: every teacher has phone pouches in their room and students have to store their phones there during class.