Pacific High School Student Council members and Principal Tom Sauvage gave business leaders a glimpse of how take-home computers are changing high school life.
A personal Chromebook laptop computer was assigned to every PHS student at the beginning of the school year.
More than 50 business leaders saw the new Chromebooks in action at the Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon meeting Nov. 17, which was held in the school library.
To show the business community how students use their computers, Sauvage and the Student Council crafted an interactive demonstration. Visitors would not only see the Chromebooks they would, with instruction from the students, take part in a survey to reflect a consensus of Pacific business leaders.
A student with his or her Chromebook hosted each luncheon table. The students introduced their guests to the personal Google account they were assigned with their Chromebook, complete with a user name and password. Only he or she could log into the account.
Using their Chromebooks and Google accounts students turn in assignments, check for grades, receive new assignments, see any assignments that are still due and notices of upcoming assignments.
Teachers now track every element of the students’ work on the Google master program.
To demonstrate this, business leaders were asked to complete a three-question survey on the Chromebook at their table. Some of the questions were as follows:
On a scale of 1 to 5 how friendly is Pacific as a place to do business?
What element do you most value when looking for workers?
What more could young people do to be more successful in the community?
While students, Sauvage and Chamber President Greg Myers were making speeches, the Google program accumulated the survey responses and prepared a chart to show the business community how they collectively view the business climate in Pacific.
The first question was what percentage of employees are from the Pacific area. Thirty percent of those surveyed said 50 to 70 percent of their employees were from the Pacific area.
What qualities are you looking for in an employee was question two. Choices included honesty, respectfulness and hardworking, positive attitude, loyalty, go-getter or initiative, sense of humor, flexibility, confidence, empathetic and sociable.
The greatest number of local employers said they are looking for workers who are honest, respectful and hardworking.
How would you rate our community with regards to overall friendliness was question three. Collectively, survey takers graded Pacific a 4.
The question: Do you have any suggestions for the youth of today and how they could contribute more to our community, filled the big screen with comments.
Business leaders said students should get involved with as many things as possible, participate in community service projects, get a part-time job, do an internship with a local business, get to know locals organizations and lend a hand if need arises, volunteer and have a more visible presence in the community.
Survey takers also discussed attitudes, advising students to be respectful, smile, be supportive, listen and do something they love.
Among the wide range of suggestions for students to contribute more to the community the most frequent suggestion was to get out in the community and be visible.
That was good news to junior Johanna Schultz, who hosted the table where school board member Mary Clasby Agee and The Missourian editor sat.
“I love these community service events,” Schultz said. “Meeting people in the community is the best part of being on the Student Council.”