SLS: Unplugged

On December 12th, St. Luke’s students and faculty participated in a day called “SLS: Unplugged”. The goal of the day was simple: to withdraw ourselves from technology for the entirety of the half-day.

Prior to the day, students were curious yet positive about how the day would play out. Junior Emma Powless told the Sentinel, “I think it’s a great idea! I think people get too dependent and attached to their electronics, and it takes away from actual human interaction”. Virginia Mahoney shared a similar opinion, telling us “It’s going to be interesting to see how the classroom environment changes when we don’t have technology to distract us”.

I think it’s a great idea! I think people get too dependent and attached to their electronics, and it takes away from actual human interaction.

 

However, this particular day happened to fall on a half- day Friday, where we were only in school for about four hours. Students and faculty were able to get a taste of what a technology free- environment would be like, however it wasn’t quite the full experience some had hoped from.

Mr. Flachsbart reflects, “ Everyone was ready for the weekend, and it really didn’t give us any indication of what it would be like to be unplugged on a normal day. Its worth was limited by the situation.” Possibly due to this, the student’s opinions on the day seem to be neutral.

Junior Bailey Vehslage says that “Although it was great to see people actually talking during free periods, it is without a doubt that productivity during free periods went down, as it was impossible to do most of our work without computers”. The classroom experience changed for some, and remained the same for others, depending on the teacher.

It is definitely hard in this day and age to abstain from turning to Google when you have a question or popping onto Facebook when a class is dragging on. However, this day definitely gave us an idea of what everyday school life would be like without our devices. The community would probably be willing to take on the challenge of unplugging for a full day, and seeing if that would swing our opinions one way or another.

SLS Seniors trade in their computers for a jigsaw puzzle in the College Counseling Office!

SLS Seniors trade in their computers for a jigsaw puzzle in the College Counseling Office!

– Laura Pizzani, Staff Writer

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