The answer is: yes, for the most part. Converge is the place to go when you forget the page numbers to that book assignment you need to read for class, or when you forget your worksheet at school, or just forgot what your assignment was all together. The only downside of this set up is you can check the website for information, unless your teachers have updated their class pages , you won’t find anything of use. Beyond that, Converge helps students to be regulated with their studies and to stay on top of all their assignments. There are also announcements that can be sent through Converge, keeping the students involved in activities up to date.
Along with the announcement tool, students also have access to a calendar, a course list, a to-do list, a message inbox, a recent activities list, and more. Again, all these tools are used to keep the students up to date on all their assignments and activities, as well as cementing a pathway for students and teachers to communicate. When asked his opinion on Converge, Junior Lantz Reed said, “I like it because that’s where all the assignments get posted so you know what you’re doing.” However, for every good side, there’s a downside.
When asked if he thinks Converge is beneficial, Senior Harrison Smith said, “No, because it weakens the student-teacher relationship.” This statement goes hand-in-hand with another statement from Reed, saying, “I think Converge is somewhat beneficial, because all the assignments are in one place and you can see them at home, but it weakens the student-teacher relationship.” Students here at Boone High generally think that Converge is beneficial, but only if it is used right. For instance, teachers must update on a set basis in order for students to keep on track, otherwise converge is made useless. However, when Mrs. Grotzke was asked if she felt that Converge was beneficial, she said, “Yes, but it would be more beneficial if the students took more advantage of it.” In order for Converge to be helpful, both teachers and students have to see eye-to-eye on how to use the source.
Converge soulfully exists on helping to advance students and keeping them on track during the school year. However, students and teachers both have to agree on how to use Converge in order for the source to be successful. This is the first year that Boone High is using Converge, and hopefully we’ll find a happy medium. Maybe sometime, later in the future, Boone High will find a way to make Converge as successful as we want it to be.