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The continued influence of online learning resources with in-person learning

Kylie Osborne
Conner Plunkett (‘23) uses his iPad to explore the journalism Canvas page during F Block. Graphic courtesy: Kylie Osborne (’23).

As in-person classes start and assignments return in full force, students and teachers alike are relying on Canvas for the 2021-2022 academic year. Webb introduced Canvas, a Learning Management System, or LMS, during the online school year as a progressive way to allocate resources for lessons.  

Historically, Webb highly encourages hands-on learning, such as problem-based math classes and standards-based science and humanities courses. However, despite being back in person, students still are still utilizing Canvas and electronic devices this year to complete and submit their work.  

Some community members, especially teachers, support the online and in-person collaboration and argue that it makes no difference in Webb’s practice of interactive learning.  

“I think [Canvas] just reinforces in-person learning, it doesn’t take it away,” said Jessica Fisher, co-chair of the humanities department. “It is really easy to write on student work even when it is submitted electronically, much easier than Haiku.” 

“I prefer Canvas because it is more structured and navigable,” said Lauren Hartle, humanities department faculty. “In comparison, Haiku has great interactive spaces, but a more complicated format.”  

Even the math department finds Canvas more convenient for taking notes and sharing solutions with students, as well as more reliable than past platforms like Haiku.  

“When we were online, I had my students submit their assignments online, and I used my iPad to grade which was super convenient because you can easily erase and change comments,” said Jim Dahler, mathematics department faculty. “Now I collect hard copies, but I don’t grade any differently.”  

Whether in-person or not, Canvas is a convenient resource that can make learning easier for students and teachers alike without promoting a technological takeover. Canvas helps both students and teachers save paper by increasing digital copies, thereby promoting sustainability and practicality. 

“I prefer Canvas over Haiku because there are more functions,” said Tina Rong (‘22). “My favorite feature is the calendar, and because of the strict deadlines on Canvas, it makes it easier for me to manage my time.” 

Canvas is not the only digital tool making its way into in-person schooling. As more and more teachers are switching to iPads for lessons, many students have also begun using iPads in classes as a digital note-taking alternative to a traditional notebook or binder.  

Even during classes that rely heavily on physical and hands-on learning, such as Integrated Physics and Chemistry and Advanced Studies Biotechnology, students have begun to utilize their iPads to draw graphs, take notes, and highlight important sections of in-class texts.  

Especially during quarantine, which imposed a completely digital learning environment for students, using iPads to fill out handouts proved to be a more convenient option than printing paper, scanning the work, and then uploading. Now as in-person learning resumes, some students are continuing this way of studying for varied reasons.  

First, students and faculty alike agree that the downward trend in paper usage makes them feel better about their contribution to Webb’s sustainability. 

“I get to be more environmental by saving paper,” Ms. Fisher said.  

“The iPad also has the benefits of using less paper,” Leslie Huh (‘22) said. 

Collectively, many users agree that the iPad is more efficient and portable than traditional pen-and-paper methods.  

“It saves a lot of space in my backpack because I don’t have to carry all my notebooks,” Leslie said.  

“The main pro [of the iPad] is probably portability,” William Yang (‘24) said. 

This trend of digital learning has its benefits, but also some drawbacks. Even though the iPad is a versatile and environmentally friendly tool, forgetting to charge it could impede one’s participation in class. 

“One drawback is that you might rely on the iPad too much, so when you actually do the work on paper, it’s a bit harder,” said Alina Li (‘25), before noting other disadvantages such as physical constraints and inconsistency with teacher expectations. “It is also not good to do your work for hours on the iPad because it hurts your eyes. Also, a lot of teachers require print-out worksheets and prefer you do your work on paper.”   

Solely relying on one device can end up causing problems, especially when something happens to that device. For instance, if one’s iPad crashes while they are in the middle of taking notes for class, they are in jeopardy of losing all their hard work. 

If you forget your iPad, you forget everything. Or if it dies,” Leslie said.  

“If your iPad runs out of battery and you have a lot of stuff on it, you are kind of screwed,” Jordon Sun (‘23) said.  

Canvas and iPads have clear benefits and disadvantages, according to those who use them. Technology has the advantage of convenience and environmental friendliness; however, reliance on one device does come with drawbacks.   

Overall, the continued use of Canvas and the steady increase in iPad use in the classroom reflects our community’s desire to keep up with the ever-changing world of technology, for better or for worse. 

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Leeann Shu
Leeann Shu, Chief Copy Editor
You might usually associate Leo with being supercilious, selfish, and self-centered, but Leeann Shu (‘22) exemplifies the opposite of these traitsLeeann is supportive, trustworthy, humble, and sociable. In her free time, Leeann enjoys relaxing with friends, and this year, she hopes to re-bond with friends that she has not seen or talked to for a while. At school, Leeann actively interacts with the community by taking various leadership roles: a day student prefect, an admission fellow, chief editor of the yearbook, and Chief Copy Editor of the Webb Canyon Chronicle. As Editor of Technology last year and a head editor this year, she continues writing for the WCC because of her enthusiasm for the publication and writing. Her personalitcontributes to her success in the newsroom because journalism requires her to be risk-taker while searching for interviewees, and an active listener to understand other’s thoughtsThis year, her goal is to assist younger members of the WCC as they grow and shine in their writing. In addition to helping others, she wants to have more confidence in herself and seek more opportunities to utilize her writing skills for the betterment of the publication. Not being afraid of any type of failure is what she will keep in mind to help her progress toward her goals.  Favorite song: "Laugh Now, Cry Later" by Drake
Kylie Osborne
Kylie Osborne, Editor of Technology
Kylie Osborne (‘23) is a natural leader and gifted writer who cannot wait to bring her unique perspective as the Editor of Technology for the Webb Canyon Chronicle. If given a weekend all to herself, she would ride horses, spend time with her friends, and rewatch a Marvel movie or two. Along with her leadership role in the WCC, Kylie is also a prefect for South Hutch, an Admissions Fellow, stage manager for theatre tech, and president of the Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA). Kylie loves her job as a stage manager, she teared up upon entering the theater for the first time after the pandemic. Kylie considers her theater friends more as found family than colleagues. In her free time, Kylie is an avid reader. Her favorite book is The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, which she describes as a story about stories. A talented and passionate writer, Kylie hopes to use her skills to create interesting and engaging articles for the WCC. As the Editor of the Technology section, she aspires to further expand the WCC’s outreach through different forms of media and introduce new readers to the publication. Favorite song: "Ever Since New York" by Harry Styles
Noe Chock
Noe Chock, Chief Editor of Media
Once you get to know Noelani Chock (‘23), she might remind you of a series of fireworks, launching off a compact spot and bursting her colorful energy to those around her. Dedicated soccer player and avid K-pop fan, Noe catapults into the Webb Canyon Chronicle as the Chief of Media, with the ambitions of contributing to future media progression. Noe, ironically allergic to crabs, is a compassionate Cancer that carries the water sign trait of devotion and as a result, is eager to experience an explosive final year. When she is not blocking shooting balls in soccer as a goalkeeper, digging balls at her varsity volleyball practice, or igniting spirit events as head peer-advisor, you’ll find her kickin’ it back at the beach with friends, munching on some boba and sushi, or concocting her next colorful batch of slime. She hopes to continue the Webb Canyon Chronicle’s momentum from last year and organize an extensive project like the Unbounded Days video series. Her radiant presence and immense school spirit are impossible to miss on campus, so watch out — Noe is back to finish her senior year with a bang.  Favorite song: “0x1 Lovesong” by TXT 
Emily Li
Emily Li, Chief of Media
Emily Li ('24) is not your usual iPad kid. You might see her using her tablet, but trust me: she isn't playing Roblox. She is a passionate artist who loves to create artwork on her iPad. Emily's favorite thing to draw is the people around her, focusing on experimenting with colors. She also enjoys dancing to popular K-pop stars IU and Mamamoo. Just like her top-notch dancing skills, she has a crazy tolerance for spicedo not be surprised when you see her empty bottle of sriracha. However, Emily's dynamic personality is not confined to her personal endeavors. As head peer advisor, she steps into a leadership role that suits her naturally empathetic and social nature. She finds joy in building bridges, fostering connections, and offering a sympathetic ear to those around her. One of Emily’s main goals this year is to give as much love as she can to the world. At the Webb canyon chronicle is to improve the diversity of articles and further refine the website after designing it. In a world where each stroke of her digital pen, every dance step, and all her interactions paint a picture of her vibrant self, Emily Li stands not only as a multitalented artist, leader, athlete and beacon of positivity, illuminating everything she touches with her unique and colorful perspective. 
Jenny Wang
Jenny Wang, Editor-in-Chief
Returning after a transformative summer at Northwestern University, Jenny Wang ('24) is rejoining the Webb Canyon Chronicle as Co-Editor-in-Chief, bursting with fresh journalism skills. Jenny is primarily humble when talking about her talents and interests, she occasionally forgets to flex that she is also a pianist, flutist, comedy enthusiast, and badminton pro. As a prominent figure at Webb, Jenny serves on the VWS honor cabinet, captain of the debate team, and chapel council. Finding comfort in shows like Grey's Anatomy and Gilmore Girls, she balances the demands of her busy life. Jenny's academic pursuits lean towards humanitarian issues; over the summer, she invested extra time into political risk research, specifically analyzing aspects of Israeli lifestyle. Beyond her academic commitments, Jenny's mission this year is to infuse WCC articles with potent and well-balanced viewpoints. Her intellect, vibrant personality, and unwavering laughter contribute to an environment full of energy and positivity. There is no doubt, Jenny Wang embodies a dynamic blend of talents, passions, and determination that enriches both the Webb community and the wider world. Through her versatile contributions and infectious laughter, Jenny's presence leaves an indelible mark, reminding us all of the power of embracing one's passions and sharing them with the world.  Favorite Song: "Welcome to Wonderland" by Anson Seabra
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