The Beachcomber

The Promises and Pitfalls of Artificial Intelligence

What are the advantages and disadvantages of artificial intelligence?

Michael Karpov, Staff Writer

May 16, 2019

We encounter artificial intelligence (AI) every day on our phones and computers. This technology can really help us as its capabilities grow, but it could also be dangerous. Currently, companies are developing new AI applications that could write songs, drive cars, make investment decisions and many more complex operations that we once thought only humans were capa...

Beachwood Schools Increase Efforts to Prevent Sexting

Beachwood Schools Increase Efforts to Prevent Sexting

Cameron Godfrey, Staff Writer

April 28, 2014

The prevalence of “sexting,” the act of sending inappropriate messages or nude pictures, has increased significantly in recent years. Well-publicized incidents in area schools involving the sharing of inappropriate content have prompted parental concern. Both BHS and BMS have increased efforts...

With More Technology Comes More Monitoring

With More Technology Comes More Monitoring

Cameron Godfrey, Staff Writer

December 12, 2013

This fall, Beachwood students received Chromebooks to use for school work. What students may not have realized, however, is that computer use on school laptops and on the school’s wireless network can be monitored by the district technology department. Administrators want students to be aware tha...

Administration Moves to Reduce Paper Use in Classrooms

Administration Moves to Reduce Paper Use in Classrooms

Neel Lachhwani, Additional reporting by the Beachcomber Staff

October 27, 2013

Since all students now have computers, teachers are sharing documents electronically rather than printing. Administrators have not made this a formal policy, but are encouraging the switch to save paper. “[The shift is just] a more efficient use of our resources,”  Principal Edward Klein said. “We...

Chromebooks Increase Technology Use in Classrooms, Also Present Challenges

Chromebooks Increase Technology Use in Classrooms, Also Present Challenges

Cameron Godfrey, Staff Writer

October 21, 2013

The new one-to-one Chromebook program has proven helpful for BHS students, but the program’s rollout has also hit some snags. Teachers are integrating the computers into their classrooms by using education-friendly resources like Blackboard and Infinite Campus as well as their own course websites ...

Don’t Let Technology Control Your Life

Don't Let Technology Control Your Life

Naomi Grant, Staff Writer

October 15, 2013

Texting is a common occurrence in the halls of BHS, and I’ll readily admit that I also do it from time to time. However, many teens today have blurred the line between using technology for good and for detriment. Technology isn’t improving your life if you use it incorrectly or in excess. Cell phones are a w...

School Board Considers One-to-One Chromebooks for BHS Students

School Board Considers One-to-One Chromebooks for BHS Students

Emilykate Hopson-Boyd and Christina Phelps

June 4, 2013

After running a pilot program this spring, the Beachwood Board of Education will vote in mid-June on a technology plan for the 2013-14 school year that would include one-to-one Google Chromebooks for all BHS students. As for the purpose of the program, Technology Director Ken Veon wrote in an email, ...

Think We’re the Worst Generation Ever? Think Again

Think We're the Worst Generation Ever?  Think Again

Cathy Perloff, Opinion Editor

March 13, 2013

This generation and their all-consuming use of technology is surely going to destroy the world. Closed into little personalized bubbles, they are destroying everything near and dear to American values: community, purity, and industriousness. As Bob Lutz of Forbes put it, the “Y” in Generation...

Infinite Campus Emails Cause Parental Alarm

Infinite Campus Emails Cause Parental Alarm

Ali Pinhasi, News Editor

December 18, 2012

Infinite Campus, the district’s new grading software, has received a lot of attention lately as the district has begun using more of its capabilities. The program now sends an email every Friday to students who have failed or missed an assignment during the week. The email reads: “IMPORTANT MESSAGE...

Students and Teachers Prefer New Gradebook Software

Students and Teachers Prefer New Gradebook Software

Walter Ringfield, Jr., Staff Writer

October 4, 2012

Over the summer, the Beachwood school district switched from eSIS to Infinite Campus as the software system for student grades and communication with parents. - “The reason we changed from eSIS to infinite campus is because the state is not supporting eSIS, and the district had to choose a new way to...

Technology: Academic Friend or Foe?

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October 14, 2010

by Eva Muschkin, Staff Writer ("Internet Distractions" collage by Or Bairey-Sehayek) The Internet provides a social network for most BHS students.  It is also a great source for research, communication, grades, and assignments. The social uses of the Internet often compete with the academic ones. For examp...