By: Evan Tung
Ever since d.tech started with its founding class, there has always been a conflict between personal devices and d.tech rules. We are all familiar with the rationale of creating an equal playing field for all students and being able to monitor student activity, but is strictly limiting the use of personal devices in favor of Chromebooks really the best way to go about it? While d.tech authorities have their valid points on this issue, students have their own opinions.
A popular student need for personal devices is Adobe applications. Adan Salazar, a senior, uses his Razer computer to run Photoshop. He uses it to fulfill his passion project of creating posters and icons regularly for a wide variety of students, and sometimes even d.tech faculty. He follows the d.tech protocol and is currently in the process of filling out the personal device form. So what’s Adan’s complaint? He says, “ I don’t think it’s fair that I have to keep going through this process to get my laptop approved.”
The heavy weight of backpacks has always been a problem for students. With the increase of students walking to school along the Bay Trail, the extra weight can be a real burden. Salazar also points out that seniors have gone through a history of different processes in the past four years, have paid their dues, in a sense, and should now be allowed to skip the whole process and bring personal devices. “They [freshman, sophomores, and juniors] should have to go through a process in order to bring personal devices,” says Salazar, “but I think that as seniors, we have more time and a lot of us have [fewer] classes. We have more opportunities to pursue personal passions.” As in his case, those require personal devices. “If the school wants to encourage that kind of project,” says Salazar “they should just let us use our personal devices.”
Another argument in favor of allowing personal devices is that they are faster and have more computing power. It’s well known that Chromebooks aren’t particularly fast, but is that a valid reasoning to bring in your personal devices to both core classes and FITs? Timmy Gee, a sophomore, certainly thinks so. “I don’t think you need to have a reasoning [to use personal devices], like using Photoshop for yearbook. It’s just annoying having a faster computer but still having to use my Chromebook. That should be a good enough reason.” He believes that the rules should be more lenient for everyone and for all uses.
While we are still a young school, student opinions have a heavy influence on decisions made by the school. The disagreement between many students and staff has been a key influence on the constant changes in the school. Although d.tech seems to be set on on the “FIT OK sticker” process, rules are always changing at Design Tech High School.