Computers in the library were recently replaced with more modern technology, taking the spot of the older computers and monitors that had been in the school.
“The updated computers give a cleaner look to the library,” Said Mr. Meo, network administrator at HHS. “The operating system is the same, but the monitors have been replaced.”
While the computers do give the library a better image, they also have many more features that benefit the school, as well.
“These updated computers are black instead of white,” said Mr. Meo with a laugh. “They have a faster processor, and the screens have been replaced with an LCD screen, making them more energy efficient.”
While all computers in the library were updated, computers in the computer labs were not.
“At some point, the school will be converting computer labs into classroom space because of BYOD (bring your own device),” Said Ms. Eagle, the librarian at the school.
The computers were installed in the library and not in the labs for this sole reason. “With BYOD, labs might become meaningless,” said Mr. Meo.
These computers being installed in the library seem to have benefited the student body’s needs for the better in the eyes of Mr. Meo, who said, “The updated computers in the library have impacted the school by allowing kids to be more productive on the computers because they are faster.”
The older computers were slow and frustrating for the student body to use because they were long overdue in being replaced.
“About 5 years ago, the school updated to the older computers with a 3 year plan. The computers were put in in 2006 and by 2009 were obsolete, but money was not available to replace them,” Said Mr. Meo. The school’s older computers faced an incredible amount of destruction to their monitors and casings over the years from the students who have attended HHS.
When asked if it was possible that the updated computers would face the same destruction, Ms. Eagle replied with, “It will be impossible, or harder to deface these computers.”
Mr. Meo seemed to have thoughts along the same path, stating “If they are cared for, and students aren’t destructive, they should last about 2-3 years.” When asked about how long they were to last if not respected, Mr. Meo replied, “About two weeks.”
The computers also seem to give the school a more modernized feel to it.
“These computers make the school look vaguely more updated,” said senior technology intern Dan Rong. “And they are definitely more efficient.”
Students around the school seemed to be surprised when they walked into the library and saw that the computers were installed.
“I was surprised because I had never heard anything of them wanting to replace the computers…I thought they would stay in there until they broke,” Said Rong.
This surprise must have been a good one, for some students seemed to have their own cry for help.
“One of the old keyboards had keys from other computers on it that instead of a qwerty keyboard (the standard look for a keyboard) said, ‘We want new computers,'” Rong said.
The students not only have more efficient, updated computers to look forward to using but a new set of keyboards as well.
“It feels better to have these newer computers because they’re faster so they work more frequently,” said Rong. “You don’t need to try 5 different computers to see which one will work.”