While there is a wide gap between the level of high school and college courses, one element
between them remains the same:
students use of technology in and out of the classroom.
We are living in an age where technology drives our daily lives. From apps that help us maintain
our diets to apps that keep us connected, it seems as if every day we have something new to
download and keep our thumbs busy. In the midst of this tech overload, every now and then a
product pops up that just might change the way people interact.
We saw it with Twitter, Facebook, and now a company called Slader. While Slader won’t be the
next Facebook or Twitter, it certainly looks to be a promising way for high school students to
collaborate and study. According to its website, Slader creates an academic community run by
students, for students. Users view and share their answers and work for textbooks and can even
post homework assignments.
As college students, we take online courses, which stipulate a need for online collaboration.
However, can Slader’s product help bridge the gap? Will it prepare high school students for
college by introducing them to the concept of sharing and collaborating online in an educational
While I feel that a large number of high school students won’t make the effort to utilize Slader to
its full potential the percent that will, would begin to bridge the gap.
After reflecting on my years at State and thinking back to my transition from a senior in high
school to a college freshman, I see the gap getting smaller.
Thanks in part to technology, which
not only drives our daily lives but also helps shapes whom we are becoming.