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Gaming gains street cred

Gaming gains street cred

By Hannah Bauer and Sahana Raju

May 19, 2015

Students are Twitching. No, they’re not making short, sudden jerking or convulsive movements. They’re Twitching online. “I just turn on a Twitch stream to see what people are playing and what I could be doing when I have more free time,” senior Michael Chen said. Through the streaming site...

Future of district computers disputed

Future of district computers disputed

By Michael Huber

May 11, 2015

Struggles arose between Cam High teachers and the district IT (Information Technology) department concerning the future of approximately one hundred computers that have recently been replaced. As it stands, the district plans on recycling the various outdated computers as per their policy concerning...

I swore off Google for a week–here’s what happened

I swore off Google for a week–here’s what happened

By Martin Beck

April 22, 2015

Google has so ingrained itself into people’s everyday lives that Merriam-Webster classifies it as a verb. “Google” is synonymous with “search on the Internet,” despite the web being a massive aggregation of information and videos and music and whatever can be put into digital form. Google is...

Drones need regulation, will benefit all

Drones need regulation, will benefit all

By Sophie Golden

April 22, 2015

If you’re like me, the word “drone” conjures up images of military missiles and devastating explosions. But the same device that is used as an overseas tactic for destruction has a myriad of beneficial domestic uses. A drone, also known as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), is simply “an aircraft...

Three hours of anonymity show unflattering mirror

Three hours of anonymity show unflattering mirror

By Boiling Point editorial board

March 23, 2015

Shalhevet students are supposed to be different from other high school students -- after all, not many other schools teach moral development from the first day of freshman year. But behind a cloak of anonymity, it turned out this week that Shalhevet students can be just as abominable as any other teenagers. Using...

Cellphones: necessity or accessory?

Cellphones: necessity or accessory?

By Alexander Figueroa

February 25, 2015

During high school, most teens enjoy using their cellular devices for a variety of reasons: communication, games, surfing the web. Most would balk at the idea of giving up their phone for an entire month, but I decided to give it a go. It was worth extra credit in journalism so I volunteered. How hard...

Bit by Bit: dissecting Bitcoin for what it’s worth

Bit by Bit: dissecting Bitcoin for what it’s worth

By Sean Vichinsky

February 24, 2015

Bit-what, you say? Bitcoin--a new(ish) virtual currency, non-government sanctioned, maybe even a tad illegal. Sound intriguing? Check out Sean Vichinsky's comprehensive analysis of this mysterious moolah. Think about just how often you make a transaction online. It can be on Ebay, or Amazon, ...

Hired or fired? Social media may determine the answer

Hired or fired? Social media may determine the answer

By Nathan Ruthardt

February 24, 2015

Social media has invaded most students' lives, and some enjoy it, but parts of these modern communication tools can be tricky - and even dangerous. While sites and apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat have many benefits, they also can keep users from getting jobs, scholarships, and...

TALON Racing advances in FormulaOne competition

TALON Racing advances in FormulaOne competition

By Johanna Dakay

February 19, 2015

After months of late hours designing and working in the manufacturing shop, Akins TALON Racing team took their Formula 1-styled model racecar to the track in January to go head to head against schools from across Texas. At the regional meet held at the Circuit of The Americas racetrack, TALON Racing...

Face to face conversations shouldn’t be a thing of the past

Face to face conversations shouldn’t be a thing of the past

By Emily Pietrantone

February 16, 2015

The amount of friends you have online means nothing. The amount of times I hear the statement "it isn’t the 1950s anymore" every day is somewhat repulsive. I am glad to live in a world that is no longer separated by the color of your skin, religious beliefs and inhuman standards and stereotypes...

Junior pursues mechanical engineering with a 3D printer

Junior pursues mechanical engineering with a 3D printer

By Morgan Matson, Benilde-St. Margaret's School

February 13, 2015

Students at BSM use printers every week to print out essays minutes before class starts, but not many of them are familiar with 3D printers. Junior Jacob Koch is an expert on 3D printing. He uses his own 3D printer to create objects of his own design and follow his dream of becoming a mechanical engineer. To...

Building a (robotics) team

Building a (robotics) team

By Lilia Wood, Glen Rock High School

February 4, 2015

The robots may be made of metal and circuit boards, but the Glen Rock High School Robotics Team is built of hours of hard work, preparation and engineering ability. This is the team's first year at Glen Rock. Late last year, former middle school students wanted to continue competing in robotic competitions...

Tyrone involved in Google Glass research project through Penn State

Tyrone involved in Google Glass research project through Penn State

By Amber Chamberlin, Tyrone Area High School

January 20, 2015

Update: Google has officially discontinued sales of Google Glass; according to the company, the product is still in development and may be re-released in the future. -- Imagine: on your next trip to the grocery store, you look at a bag of Cheetos. Its nutritional information flashes in front ...

Technology takeover: Yik-Yak app makes cyberbullying easier

Technology takeover: Yik-Yak app makes cyberbullying easier

By Courtney Kurtz, Tyrone Area High School

January 7, 2015

High school should be the ideal time and place to discover and create who you are. However, with high school comes the inevitable negatives--rumors and drama. In small towns like Tyrone, PA, rumors have always spread like wildfire. But technology that allows information to be passed along within seconds...

Basedmojis offers different alternative emojis

Basedmojis offers different alternative emojis

By Yousef Fatehpour, Daniel Pearl Magnet HS, Van Nuys, Calif.

October 22, 2014

Hip-Hop/Cultural icon Brandon McCartney, or as the public knows him as Lil B, has taken his message of positivity beyond music into the technological world with his new app: Basedmojis. Lil B has challenged professional basketball player Kevin Durant to a one on one. He’s released over 3,000 songs in h...

Are digital libraries on the horizon?

Are digital libraries on the horizon?

By Urmi Kumar, St. Mary's Academy, Portland, Ore.

May 30, 2014

On Sept. 14, 2013, Bexar County, Texas, opened the first all-digital public library in the U.S called BiblioTech Digital Library. The library is based on the ideal of “work[ing] to bridge literacy and technology gaps in San Antonio and surrounding areas by establishing a community presence at the physi...

Students see military robots in action

Students see military robots in action

By Nick Arnold, Sparkman HS, Sparkman, Ala.

May 28, 2014

Robots, thought to be a thing of the future, exist today to help the U.S. Army and NASA. The groups brought the robots to the library for students to observe. The Army has been using robots for years to help scope out areas, disable bombs and help out in all fields. NASA has joined the army by building...

Media brings back an unrealistic fantasy of dead rapper

Media brings back an unrealistic fantasy of dead rapper

By Tyler Dixon, Evanston Township HS, Evanston, Ill.

May 27, 2014

Tupac has returned. Tupac Shakur, renowned hip hop artist and actor, died on Sept. 13, 1996. After being dead for 17 years, Tupac Shakur graced the stage alongside fellow hip hop artist Snoop Dogg at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. How can the dead live again? It was an ill...

Snapchat adds texting, live video to capabilities

Snapchat adds texting, live video to capabilities

By Claudia Chen, Staples HS, Westport, Conn.

May 14, 2014

On May 1, Snapchat released an update that included the highly-requested “Snapchat Chat.” Now, Snapchat can not only be used to send unattractive selfies to friends, but also to send messages and live-chat. “Until today, we felt that Snapchat was missing an important part of conversation: pres...

Your phone can increase your productivity

Your phone can increase your productivity

By Hannah Kloos, Edina HS, Edina, Minn.

April 1, 2014

Phones are often a source of distraction and can hinder productivity, but a number of apps have been created recently to do just the opposite. These apps are powerful tools to help you get stuff done and stop the dreaded cycle of procrastination. Busy schedules can make people feel overwhelmed, but...

Twitter takes a toll

Twitter takes a toll

By Bridget Cook, Shaker Heights HS, Shaker Heights, Ohio

March 10, 2014

I scrolled through Twitter one early morning before school, taking time to see what I’d missed online while I slept. Like most mornings, several CNN tweets were waiting for me from the early hours in the morning. This was one of them: “Students reported killed in terror attack on Nigerian boa...

Augmented reality allows videos to ‘play’ on yearbook pages

Augmented reality allows videos to ‘play’ on yearbook pages

By Florencia Caceres and others, Travis High School

March 6, 2014

What if we could see newspaper and magazine photos like they appeared in the Harry Potter movies, as videos that came alive right on the paper? What if your teacher was giving a presentation using the projector and a dinosaur from millions of years ago showed up on the screen looking very hungry? Or...

Teachers tread lightly on Twitter

Teachers tread lightly on Twitter

By Savannah Whitmer, Lovejoy HS, Lucas, Texas

February 12, 2014

The era of instant sharing isn’t the private realm of students anymore as everyone, including teachers, can express themselves instantly using Twitter, Instagram, Vine, and Pinterest. “I always like to joke that I have a Twitter because that’s where I do my best work,” teacher Mike Motsne...

Spreading the Word: Teachers use new forms of communication to remind, inform students

Spreading the Word: Teachers use new forms of communication to remind, inform students

By Meredith Strickland, Blue Valley HS, Stillwell, Kan.

December 18, 2013

It’s a typical Sunday night, and you’re finishing up the homework you procrastinated on all weekend long. Your phone rings, and you read the message — it’s a text from your English Language Arts teacher reminding you about a quiz tomorrow. However, your teacher isn’t directly texting...

New desks could be future of classrooms

New desks could be future of classrooms

By Sara Phillips, Westlake HS, Austin, Texas

October 1, 2013

Four classrooms are piloting a new wave of futuristic desks as part of a plan to innovate the district. Called Node chairs, each comes equipped with a backpack and an iPad holder, swiveling seat, moveable tray and wheels. They improve student comfort and allow for a flexible learning environment in th...

Smart phones go underutilized in classrooms

By Jarod Golub, Annandale HS, Annandale, Va.

September 9, 2013

From Twitter to Instagram, most students at AHS rely on their smartphones to get through the school day. With the rise of technology, in this day and age students of all ages are more likely to respond better with the use of gadgets in the classroom. “My phone is really important in helping me get thr...