Chromebooks, paper, or other electronic devices- Carroll students express their preferences.


School-issued Chromebooks facilitate paperless classrooms, allow for virtual learning, and expand access to resources, but they are not loved by all.

Samantha Rock, Staff writer

About 75 percent of the 34 Carroll students interviewed would rather use a device other than their school-issued Chromebook or paper.

A consensus showed that Carroll students would much rather use their own device, such as a Macbook or an iPad, than a Chromebook.

“We don’t like Macs and iPads; we just strongly dislike Chromebooks,” said junior Connor Archbold. 

One of the main complaints about the Chromebooks focuses upon speed. 

“It’s slow,” said junior Casandra Pendleton.

This causes students to become frustrated when they are trying to complete their time-sensitive assignments. Slow devices prevent hard-working students from completing their assignments when they want to.

About 17 percent of students interviewed prefer the old fashion style of schooling. They said that they would rather take notes on paper than on their Chromebooks. These students agreed that it is easier to study on paper than on Chromebooks. 

“I like writing on paper rather than typing … Chromebooks glitch and lag,” said junior Gabriel Petrecz. 

However, not everyone likes paper. A group of freshmen said that they liked paper but it can become too difficult to manage. These students said they would rather use another device instead of their school-issued Chromebooks for note-taking and completing assignments.

Still, 8 percent of people said that they like the school-issued Chromebooks. Some students like the fact that they do not have to pay extra money for a new device because one is provided for them. 

Senior Lydia Maione said she likes the idea of being offered Chromebooks. However, she would prefer having the choice of either using a school-issued Chromebook or her own electronic device.

Another reason that students dislike Chromebooks is that it is a tough transition for transfer students. Students who come from other schools are used to having the freedom of choosing what type of device to work on, according to a transfer student from Great Valley High School, Reaghan Grobe.