As the academic curriculum at Westwood High continues to become more digitized, students are finding more and more to complain about in terms of the school’s internet connectivity.
Seniors Ryan Marten and Arvin Kumaran voiced their concerns on the issue, calling on the school’s technical department to “clean up [their] act.” Marten and Kumaran were critical of the continuous problems that arise with our schools internet and claim that the schools connectivity issues even effect them at home.
Simple tasks such as loading applications like Google Drive, Spotify, YouTube, and carousing through multiple tasks slow the Chromebooks to a stuttering halt. Gradebook apps like Canvas and the variety of programs it offer slow down the progress of classes. Canvas, known for its ability to host online quizzes, has suffered severe malfunctions in different classes. The inability for the pictures to load on these quizzes cause serious interruptions in the classroom, causing students to get behind and stress during their online examinations.
Kumaran stated, “In free blocks you can’t get work done, which leads to having a more stressful workload at home. As if high school wasn’t stressful enough already, we now have to factor internet issues into the equation.”
Marten, one of Westwood High’s expert computer science students, provided a potential diagnosis to the problem. He feels that the tech department should either pay for greater bandwidth streams, or update the Shark UTM feature. According to its website, “Designed for educational and municipal environments, Shark provides excellent Web Content Filtering, Malware/Intrusion prevention, fully featured IPv4/application firewall, QOS/bandwidth shaping, and remote access services.”
Despite all the good work the Shark extension claims to be doing for WHS, Marten and others believe that this is simply adding to the already flawed network system. He believes that the school should either boost the Shark access, which will in turn launch tabs and applications at a greater speed, or take away its access entirely.
It is clear that the student body is calling for a change in the schools wi-fi connectivity. There is only one question that remains: will the school listen?