Count the smart phone as an educational tool this school year

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The Avon View Voice column appears twice a month in the Hants Journal.

Summer has escaped us once again and we are ready to begin a new school year. The first day of school for students is on Sept. 4, and it is a half day, with dismissal at 12:20 p.m.

I am often pleasantly surprised by the number of students who return to school with an attitude of enthusiasm and a desire to be successful. These students come prepared with all of the gear required to help them stay on top of schoolwork, take great notes and create projects that will earn the credit they need.

The basic supplies include a few sturdy binders, paper, dividers, pencils and pens. You might also need coloured pencils or highlighter pens and special calculators, but these can be purchased after you have met with your new teachers for the first time. That way, you can establish the most accurate list of what supplies are required without breaking the bank.

The one accessory that every teenager seems to deem necessary is the smart phone. Those of you who may be sporting such a device will find that school isn’t always the most hospitable place when it comes to your phone. However, I am stepping out on a limb to say that they can be a useful tool to help a person through school. The key to phone success and school is to emphasize that phones really are tools that can accomplish many things. We do not want students distracted by their phones during class, but how helpful might it be to set an alert that acted as a reminder for a test date? Many smart phones come with scheduling features that can help a person stay organized. Many graduates would tell you that their success depended upon staying organized above all things. The key is knowing when and where it is appropriate to use this powerful tool.

Avon View High School offers parents and students access to current information about their progress through the PowerSchool program. This utility can let a parent know when success is being met and when an area of study might need more attention, in addition to providing daily reports on attendance. Stop by the main office to receive your username and password. Call 902-792-6740 for additional information.


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Teresa Steeves teaches Global Geography 12 and writes this column to build and strengthen school and community ties. She’s like to welcome back the staff and students and hopes they have a successful year.


Organizations: Avon View High School

Geographic location: Windsor, Hants County, Nova Scotia Avon View High School

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