Amazing Kids! Magazine

Staff Q & A: Our Youth Staff’s Comments on… What sort of new technology has helped you learn and why?

By the Amazing Kids! Staff


Want to know a little more about the Youth Staff here? Check out our Q&A with some of the Online Magazine staff members; their responses to these questions are below!

What sort of new technology has helped you learn and why?

Mindy Yang (Editor-in-Chief): The computer has definitely allowed me to learn more including using the internet, making presentations and sending emails. One of the more specific things, is video chatting through Skype. Before a big test, my friends and I go on Skype to have a study group where we ask questions and test each other. It allows us to all study together without ever leaving home.

Sean Traynor (Editorial Advisor):  Instead of using traditional whiteboards or flipcharts, the teachers at my school use “smart boards” which allow them to display their computer information on a large screen in front of the classroom and interact with the applications. They can highlight important information, draw diagrams, and pull up multiple programs at once, Teachers can also record their instruction and post the material for review by students at a later time for review lessons or absent students. Smart boards have built in maps, digital storytelling, project calendars, a record feature to narrate text, and much more. I think this technology is important because it allows teachers to spend more time with the students by streamlining their lesson plans and allowing them to coordinate the internet and various applications with their teaching.

Olivia Pineda (Assistant Editor): At my high school, everyone is required to bring a laptop to school every day. While this isn’t necessarily new technology, the new capabilities I have of going to a school where everyone is technologically connected is amazing: I can receive homework assignments via email, use the school’s online encyclopedia databases on my computer for research, and use interesting software in my math and science classes which can record data like the velocity of an object and different sound waves in physics, and can be used to simulate molecular interactions in chemistry.

Celine Tien (Nonfiction Editor): The electronic dictionary is a beautifully crafted mind. In the wake of my extreme laziness, the traditional dictionary was once a burden to carry or sift through, but with the electronic dictionary I can scroll through thousands of incredible words without ever lifting a page!

Paul Ngu (Amazing Kids Adventures and Global Village Editor): These aren’t new technology, but I find YouTube videos explaining a concept or topic extremely helpful and also I like to use an online tutor program. My school also offers “Smart Boards” which are basically interactive white boards that can make learning more engaging and interesting.

Isabella Taylor (Poetry Editor): I think for me online classes using a variety of technologies from whiteboards to self paced programs have benefited my education because I can often go at my own pace and choose from an enormous selection of classes. I am sure that technology and education is the way of the future!

Claudia Chow (Book Review Editor): The computer/internet, because I have a plethora of knowledge at my fingertips.

Veronica Sturman (Contributing Writer): I go to a virtual school. So the computer and high speed internet is a big part of my learning day. I also enjoy learning using applications on the iPad and educational games on the Nintendo DSI.

Grace Weppler (Contributing Writer): “Whiteboard” may not be the newest but the most useful technology for me. Using this technology, I can work on math problems with my tutor who lives in California.