The need for reform at West Orange

“A detailed plan for the immediate next 4 years, its execution, and implementation”
As seen by a sophomore

It has been a little over 2 years for me at West Orange and I can’t bear to see any more of the
problems at this school. Literally, this (along with many public schools across the globe)
school has so many issues that can be resolved that I feel the need to write an extensive
essay exposing them. Most of the issues are not even governmental issues like the whole
curriculum system and Common Core, but rather problems that “Warriors” have created
themselves and can be fixed. It is sad that I NEED to expose problems with the school. I
believe West Orange has always been ahead of the curve and more advanced than many of
its counterparts, but unless the new principal does anything other than create a YouTube
channel to showcase our terrible WOW TV footage, the next immediate 4 years are going to
be rough. Why 4 years? That is how long a generation at West Orange generally lasts (and if it
lasts longer, it’s probably because West Orange doesn’t know what it is doing to its kids), and
this is how long it will take them to judge Mr. Sczinski. As a man who has been described as
innovative and here to change West Orange technologically, I believe he could do more in a
week with a selected team at West Orange and a thorough plan than he has done in his
roughly 8 months at West Orange acting as the Principal and even more time preparing for
the transition during the summer. However, I am not here to bash the man with so much
power. I am here to help him. I am here to suggest how to fix West Orange, and I absolutely
can’t do that without him. Mr. Sczinski, grab a highlighter, I’m about to take you through all of
our problems, in no specific order except the one that my mind devises on this early Sunday
morning. If you get bored reading this, try reading it in Lightning Linehan’s voice. That’s the
voice I am writing in. It will keep me awake through the essay. Enjoy, and please, fix this
school.

Abridged list of issues
1. WOW TV
2. WOHS website
3. WOHS mobile app
4. WOHS social media outlets
5. Class resource distribution fragmentation/digitalization
6. Progressbook
7. Attendance fragmentation/inefficiency
8. Lunch distribution/retail
9. Teacher evaluations
10.Dress code and weapons checking
11.Bathroom policies/planners
12.Library rules, uses, reorganization
13.Curriculum fragmentation among identical courses
14.Need for strict, justified grading rubrics
15.Bus system
16.Car parking system
17.Fund deployment priorities
18.Vending machines
19.Disciplinary policies (and their fragmentations)
20.The new ID system

I’m sure I’ve missed a lot of other problems as well, but this is pretty much top priority right now.
Maybe I’ll write another reformation paper within my next 2 years here at WOHS, but the hope is
that after resolving these intermediate issues, the others will quickly unravel and fix themselves
independently. I have very little involvement internally at WOHS so I am not knowledgeable of
many of our other ventures (I did not even know we had a school wide publication until earlier this
year), but if I did I am confident I could find faults in each of those as well). Let’s begin with one of
my favorite rants, a heavy WOHS resource drain and useless venture for now, WOW TV.

WOW TV
Daily, Monday to Friday, during the beginning of 2 nd period, lasting an undefined amount of time, is
a superfluous show broadcasted in what seems to be 480p resolution (which looks good on a
smartphone from 2007, not an 80 inch projection) across the whole campus. If the show had
slightly better production value, maybe I wouldn’t even be as mad about it as I am right now. If I
had a 10 year old cousin, he would compile a better show in iMovie than the garbage that is
produced by the TV production crew that uses what seems to be professional tools and equipment.
It is not a crazy prediction to make that nearly $1K is spent on WOW TV yearly. I don’t watch WOW
TV anymore. It is useless. Nearly anything that comes out of the anchor’s mouth is either outdated,
repetitive, or way too complex to understand. News needs to be quick, concise, and simple. 90
seconds. That’s it. That’s all I ask for, you can fit ALL of the news in that much time if you just take
out the useless info or the cheesy dialogue. STOP FILMING IT LIVE. The anchors are terrible, the
scripts are all days old anyway, and no information presented during WOW TV is “breaking news”.
NOTHING said during that show is dynamic, and filming it live or the day before with rehearsed
recordings and outtakes makes ZERO difference. Honestly, if we didn’t film WOW TV live, maybe
our anchors wouldn’t be laughing when they try to persuade us not to use the word “retard”
anymore. How unprofessional. The truth is that WOW TV is a sad, dry show that has long outlived
its usefulness in its current form and seems to be run by idiots. There are countless audio and
video problems, the whole system seems to be running on decade old Macs or something. Videos
about anti-bullying are shown and they are of terrible quality (no surprise there), I don’t even know
how WOW TV is distributed throughout the school but it is beyond evident by now that the current
method is a disaster. There are pseudo green screen effects and terrible lighting errors everywhere,
the mics are awful and there is no closed captioning. “Here’s some random guy with sports, he will
read an extremely long monologue that is way too specific about whatever happened last night and
he will only spend about 2 seconds actually telling you the scores and stuff that matters”. “Here’s
another random dude with the weather which is actually often inaccurate and goes into too much
detail about the exact percentage of expected precipitation for tomorrow”. “Last but not least,
here’s some spiffy-looking guy who is going to debate for 5 minutes and try to convince us to
legalize weed”. “Ha-ha just kidding the show isn’t over apparently we are having technical
difficulties, so we will just show you a video about teen suicide now. Go ahead play the video from
YouTube now”. “Now that that’s over, let’s INTERVIEW a REPORTER for the Sochi Olympics and ask
him some of the most terrible questions only a 70 year old Journalism teacher could suggest”. A
pattern is emerging here, WOW TV is a waste of time, money, and other resources. Often times
than not, an episode is basically made up of a monotone anchor reading verbatim a boring
manuscript that is ALSO put up on the screen for US to read. Don’t worry, you can fix it. Look, the
key is chronology. Place the generic topics first then get into specifics. I want to hear what’s for
lunch today, is it going to rain soon, tell me if any classes are meeting in the media center or
something today, tell me anything else that affects the whole school, like possibly an assembly.
Follow up with extra info. At that point, the people that needed to hear important news have heard
it. Now it’s time for you to notify me of sports SCORES (I do not care that Susie Parker made a
diving goal at 7:55 PM EST, no one does, if they did then they would’ve seen the game), tell me
about any potential club meetings AND WHERE AND WHEN they are, do not try to break the ice
using a cheesy dialogue. I just want the info, quickly and seamlessly, then get back to work. I want

it in HD, 24 FPS, with a scrolling news ticker, clear audio, and closed captioning. I also don’t want to
see boring anchors with their hands crossed over a roundtable sitting in front of a large portrait of
the sky. I want this all in 90 seconds daily, prerecorded and distributed via the local server that
every teacher’s computer is connected to or even the WOHS secure intranet, daily. These are the
basic aspects of WOW TV that need to be changed in order to make it look and feel as of higher
quality, as well as for it to DELIVER high quality, useful and curated content that generalizes itself
to appeal to all 3000 or so of its viewers. WOW TV is a crucial component of the “technology
overhaul” that needs to happen at WOHS. Due to this, special attention should be paid at what the
TV Production team actually does and what they need to change. Expected time for this transition
to occur should be less than a few weeks.

1. Hawaii? In a weird gradient spectrum and ugly font? What purpose does this serve? How does
this have anything to do with news? Anything? The bokeh effect underneath that? A 5 th grader
could design better visual effects than this.
2. Having the time displayed is acceptable, but having it displayed in a super bright white placed
upon a super bright blue is unreadable, especially from the optimal 10 foot distance that most
audiences of WOW TV view it from in the class.
3. No one cares that it is live, and it shouldn’t be live. Above the “live” indicator, there are two
palm trees that also serve zero purpose towards WOW TV. Sure, the theme is spring break I
guess, then what’s up with all the tropical stuff? Wait, I remember the spring break themed CNN
newscasts. Just kidding, they don’t exist, and they don’t NEED to.
4. Dishonest body language. It’s too artificially formal and proves to be comical once the
monotonous anchor opens her mouth and tells us irrelevant information.
5. Clutter. A piece of paper. Directly contradicts the reality of the anchor’s dialogues being read
word for word off of a Keynote presentation that is simultaneously displayed to the viewer. It’s
unprofessional and even more dishonest than crossing your hands.
6. Cheap fake backdrop of a tree, HILARIOUSLY contradicts the magical palm trees floating in the
clouds. Why not just film the show outdoors in favorable weather conditions and controlled
audio? It would look GREAT.
7. Black bars on the side? Wake up, we don’t have square TVs or square phones to watch WOW TV
on. It can be argued that projector drop downs are square, but that argument is immediately
invalidated by the fact that a wide screen experience (21:9 ratio preferably) would allow more
information to fit in a single frame and look less cluttered than the current WOW TV format.
Efficient, quick, spontaneous, and clever.

lasts until March 31 st yet the words say today. why? By including what seems to be Microsoft Office clip art. 1. This is an insult to West Orange. you are just degrading the quality of WOW TV even further. if I can watch WOW TV with my audio off and gain no less information than I would with audio on. Room 953 or the M. there’s a problem. As a general rule.I. 4. 3.S.C (lots of people won’t even know this is the media center)? Which one do I go to donate “items”? Are they the same room? 2. I don’t even want to know what that is.1. The anchor says K. but if I can’t tell what it is at first glance. then you did your job wrong. Is this really the WOW TV logo? Please tell me this is a joke. 2. Can’t read that. What does that mean? When is the deadline? Does “today” even signify a deadline? .S. 3. Just.

its just the script the anchors are saying. Furthermore. different logo. This is why you don’t film live. 5. 3. On paper this looks readable. There is the WOW TV logo again. On a 72 DPI projector (like in all classes). Already. 1. you would need binoculars to see this. this show has lasted at least 3 minutes. Classy. Another anchor is in the middle of talking and the camera transitions to the other anchor fixing her hair. 4.1. Far too long for a daily morning segment. this logo was replaced by a weird. The fact that it appears and disappears in an unorderly fashion contributes to the low quality show overall. So in the last few pictures. Again. The fact that there are continuity errors as such is terrible. 2. totally unreadable. . so you don’t have “technical difficulties” like this.

the iconography and symbolism it tries to portray is awful. However. the typographical aspects of this logo. Not everyone wants to see a pie contest but they NEED to hear about the news.1. the colors. the show continues and with MORE NEWS. This is what I mean when I suggest the show needs to pay attention to chronology. Instead of having to wait another few minutes for more news to be said. 2. 3. What’s up with the Hawaii obsession at WOW TV? This is Florida. . Immediately following the pie contest. why not save the “entertainment” for last and deliver the content that is crucial to warriors? 1. I expected the show to be over. WOW TV is not a trademark. what was the other logo often displayed in the bottom right corner? Also. If this is the WOW TV logo. Stop lying and trying to look “hip” and “professional”. All the humor is over so fittingly it wasn’t an unreasonable expectation.

Sometimes. Can you tell this is an OCPS school website? Thanks to the bombardment of ugly branding. In fact. we have a large hispanic demographic at the school that needs a Spanish version of . I might have to turn off my computer and cry. It’s an awful impression to give. if you are going to have morning announcements over the PA system. but it sure does remind me of the bumper stickers on cars. and sheer uselessness. there is just so much to talk about that’s wrong with our website. The first impression of West Orange to a new visitor is this website. Credited songs aren’t even correct sometimes! Other anchors can be heard giggling while the speaking anchor tries to read their lines. the intro video (also terrible) doesn’t appear on multiple episodes either. the website is at its worst now than ever before. A cluttered cluster of bad color choices. I’d even write the scripts for the daily show if I ever got the chance to do so. why not just host WOW TV in that much time? 90 seconds (this is getting repetitive)? Honestly it wouldn’t hurt to have some humor in WOW TV either. Often. I sure can. 3. sometimes there are even more continuity errors. It’s basically like advertising without a purpose. It could be something awesome. I get it. I do not know how this helps me in anyway.It needs to be noted that the picture analysis is of only 2 episodes. yet nothing remains changed throughout all the other episodes. The timeslot for WOW TV is awful as well. Every time I see the credits roll in an ugly sans-serif font. Let’s start with a basic analysis of the horrible homepage. I would love to see that. Ok. If the show weren’t live. Off camera videos need to be loaded up and queued from a computer and it looks terrible and takes too much time to initiate. maybe kids would actually have something to do during their TV Production class. horrible typography. skeumorphism. If 3rd party widgets can get any uglier than this. 1. I see a list of people that should read this analysis and drastically transform WOW TV. that WOW TV logo never even appears at the end of many episodes. 2. What is this mysterious icon? A file explorer? A sitemap? A CDN directory for the WOHS website? What year is this? 2002? This button has no functional advantage to any normal human being that visits this website. There’s multiple 2’s on the picture above for a reason. I don’t see a list of people that should be credited for anything. WOHS website I had lots of fun with this topic. and they might not miss the first few minutes of 2 nd period.

that banner at the right of the translator widget is capable of giving a dyslexic person multiple seizures. most definitely inept in design. This search widget is awful. Once I zoomed out on the page. the website (if they even need to use the website for some absurd reason). When I say does not work. You do not need to write “Click here” for someone to know this is a link. 2. . Epicly. I forgot this website was made in an era where E-Mail does not exist. even if someone zoomed in on the website even further. one where all elements on the page dynamically adjust in size and shape according to the screen size and PPI of the user so white space like this isn’t left off. I immediately noticed just how static this website is. it’s a gradient. perhaps the WOHS website designers are not. 2 calendars? No uniformity. 8. I FLAT OUT MEAN it is nonfunctional. not perhaps. those social media outlet icons are ugly. 4. but no other administrator. Multiple 4’s!! More branding! I didn’t know I was on the WOHS website before I saw these logos! Thanks for reminding me. The WOHS website needs to be made in accordance to a liquid layout. Speaking of PPI. Typing in a query then pressing search results in a refresh of the page. and gradients represent a web era from the past. Does not work and should be fixed immediately. you failed intuitiveness. no human with normal eyes can read that banner. 5. 3. Right next to the senior calendar link is ANOTHER calendar. Sadly. 6. Instead of directing us to a bazillion social media outlets for news. 7. The NUMBER is provided. but does the translator widget have to be so ugly? Represents a beige box of doom from the 90’s rather than a translator widget. Wait. yet no other form of communication. WOW. Same for that Twitter logo. and I’m pretty sure Apple discontinued that logo back when they decided to drop the “Computer” from their corporate name. I take that back. By the way. why not perfect your website first and put it on par with the outlets so that anything else is just a bonus? Besides. it looks like all the content on this website was literally pulled off of real documents and scrunched together into a sorry excuse for a website. A home button! Why? Aren’t I already at the home page?? How much more HOME can I get? If your website needs a “help” button. People are internet adept by now. they would not be able to read the banner because of the negligence of SVG here. A SVG banner would allow lossless zooming and therefore would enable users to read the banner comfortably. The contact number for Ed Jones is provided. 1. This is 2014. Plus.4. The text is so miniscule even when zoomed in to normal size.

For the sake of time (the fact that I have exams to study for) and length of this essay (we are on page 13 and only on the second issue). There’s ONE link to the left and it’s the link that redirects me BACK to the home page. with absolutely no indication or direction to give us any supportive information on the links. I would bet my 3. WOHS has done enough on its part. Super intimidating and frustrating to click a link and then be redirected to an error message akin to this. a few hierarchical sections back in the site directory.99 GPA (humble brag) I would find even more problems.5. Simply because WOHS doesn’t know what more to do yet. My old Windows 2000 computer had a more graceful BSoD than this CDN error. So much clutter. I’ve been waiting 2 years for compilation of information to occur here. I will refrain from inspecting the website anymore. A barrage of links waiting to be clicked. They . Furthermore. These are just A FEW issues I found in a few minutes. If I scoured the website even further (like you should). it directs me to follow navigation links to the left. I have seen enough.

No more confusing links and ugly gradients. An interactive display of curated content. typography. Being dynamic and effervescent is only part of the story. A new style. and this is why a help button is not needed. A simple WOHS warrior logo in the top left is a symbol of simple branding. It’s time to use the web as a utility. and clean aesthetics will lead it. and drop shadows all contribute to a uniform NEW look for WOHS. not a recycling bin for paper documents. liquid layout fueled by deep data repositories from within West Orange. Now here’s what I think a functional. Introducing cards. no more error messages. Parsed information from various documents formatted nicely and concisely for these context-aware cards. The attention to whitespace and color coordination aids the user in navigation. Easily customizable. . The flexible layout of the cards is partly the whole beauty in this new interface itself. live. Through flipping and sliding and rotating animations. Warriors need to embrace minimalism and do so bravely and whole-heartedly. and next to it is an omnibox that is capable of scouring all backlinks to the main repository. A look that I am only getting started with. and versacard. only cleanliness. whitespacing. beautifully modern and fully realized school website in 2014 should look like. color theory. It’s time for a design revolution. each card uniquely catches attention and keeps it locked on. The iconography. Finally. Warriors need the website that SERVES them.need a sense of direction.

Again back to the repository of info WOHS has been collecting (more on this when I discuss the need for a new ID system. What is possible with this unified login system is really the truly magical part of the website. The repository KNOWS I access progressbook on a daily . After simply signing into the website. MUCH more). The simple drop down shade is such a strong opponent to the messy cluster of links in the original WOHS website meant to serve as navigational tool. we now have the power to create a truly unique and personalized experience for students that no one can offer. the repository was pinged with a list of queries in chronological order.This right here is the key to WOHS’s newfound success in tech. THIS is what the WOHS website can become for every student. A unified login system for ALL tech services West Orange offers (more on this soon. At its potential height.

time of the event. Sometimes. However. one thing that became apparent is that most of the WOHS website visitor traffic comes from mobile devices. Next. This means the next evolution of the WOHS website has to be more touch friendly. Based on that. it categorizes the lunch menu into my daily feed of cards and prioritizes it at the second level of abstraction within my feed. I would get more detail on what the assignment is (this time the repository has found the assignment but not the contextual info). the repository knows I missed school this Monday and therefore missed the announcement made by my AP Chemistry teacher about our upcoming test tomorrow. It quickly pulls up a card for directions to the volunteering session and upon tapping it. the repository knows who I am and scans my schedule. I can also easily reply to the message with a single tap. The repository knows that from my previous transactions. In that case. Speaking of taps. The repository not only is able to notify me of this but is capable of linking me to resources that might help me tonight when I study. More functional than the previous method used in the current website. The repository also knows I usually buy lunch.e. acknowledging the fact that I have AP exams to worry about. I most often buy lunch on Tuesdays more than any other day. often. notifying me to do my homework. Consequently. Indian. teachers notify you of the stuff you missed in class when the repository is unable to find out that info. Another thing the repository knows about me is my race. based on it finding my registration form in the WOHS central database. it pulls up a translation card for Hindi (the native language). If I tapped the message. It also scans my previous FCAT scores and compares them to my previous AP exam scores and prioritizes which one I need to be notified about first. the card reminded the generic WOHS audience when FCAT starts. . I would be presented with an elegant popover telling me more info e. you can see I received a message from my AP World History teacher. through algorithms (which I will also write and explain when I talk about the new ID system). it pulls up a card with my grades and places it foremost front and center ahead of all the other content. right after grades.basis. touch display devices. With the large buttons and text. By knowing this. Notice how in the previous screenshot where I had not logged in. One last thing the repository notices is my participation in the Interact club. Imagine a Hispanic student logging in and being presented with easy access to automatic Spanish translation. you can see how this new design is more readable and interactive with smaller screen devices lacking a mouse and keyboard. 2 friendly countdowns remind me of important dates. rather than cursor friendly. tomorrow is a Tuesday. i. Now that I have logged in.g.

WOHS needs and deserves a native application. 2. There’s a reason the app performs so poorly and has slow response times is because of this. Right when WOHS needs to rebrand itself. Nothing more than a barebones (and badly made) web wrapper around the already terrible WOHS website (as discussed earlier). I was expecting the app to be of MUCH higher quality than WOHS’s previous experiments with designing software since someone from the outside would be commissioned to work on this project. WOHS mobile app Yet another piece of software at West Orange that needs to be completely redesigned: the pointless WOHS mobile app. Upon closer inspection. or even the new design language) are implemented into this app. No new developmental features of iOS 7 (Like the SpriteKit. Little did I know that WOHS would hire the most incapable man for the job. It’s basically the Warrior head on top of an orange gradient. 1. Click it. Time for an analysis of the work he has done. Where does it take me? Surely to a page where I can quickly type out my issue or speak to someone appropriate about it right? How about this: .The repository is the future. this app counteracts our strategy with this inconsistent piece of trash. It’s a website posing as an app. NOT a cheap excuse of an app that is ported from the web. updated CoreAnimations. As far as I see. 3. Eyad Allhainey or whatever? Qualifications: None that prove him to have the caliber to work on a mobile application for a high school. WOHS support. If a web wrapper application requires the latest version of iOS to run. this app could run fine on a device with iOS 2 considering how basic and simple the native elements of the app are (consisting of just UIButton elements everywhere). and it will fill the whole feed with an infinite amount of cards all pulled from WOHS’s databases. that is just sad. there is no adequate alternative other than the one just suggested as a solution to the atrocity that the WOHS website is. This icon is terrible.

2. We trust HIM with our app? This should’ve given off some red flags. Is a liar. Doesn’t know how to use spellcheck. let’s humiliate him and analyze his website too. and has bad grammar. Distorted our warrior head. 3. Now for fun. Since when did we recruit WEB DESIGNERS to do the job of APPLICATION DESIGNERS? Now let’s analyze the actual application. purely from screenshots . You know you screwed up when your app developer has a banner on his site showcasing the fact that he can “design iOS apps for websites”. 1. 4.Eyad’s portfolio is apparently the WOHS support link.

typography is a major aspect of design and that is simply lacking here. Why does a mobile application for a school need a refresh button? A refresh button that does absolutely nothing when pressed. Not to mention one of them is overlaid on a linen texture that was specifically REMOVED by Apple in iOS 7 in favor of translucency in their new design language. It should be instantaneous. that’s a 3 year old design trend that has been obsoleted yet Eyad feels the need to use it in the WOHS app. 1. Furthermore. Especially if your content isn’t intuitive enough to not need persistent banner telling you what to do. WOHS seriously has issues with this branding stuff.Right off the bat. What is the arrow for then if not an instructional guide by itself? 3. . Is this 2001: A Space Odyssey? Or is it the instruction manual for a spaceship? User friendly? Not at all. the fact that I even SEE this launch image on startup tells me the app is too slow. the first impression I get is a distorted Warrior head and no attention to typography whatsoever. 2. Two warrior heads ON THE SAME SCREENSHOT. Linen was introduced in iOS 4. “DEPLOY NAVIGATION MENU”. As stressed before.

That’s pretty much all there is to the iPhone application. Thanks for reminding me yet again that this is the WOHS app. Not only is a back function not needed here but it is also implemented incorrectly. the iPad version of the application. I didn’t download a WOHS app to see a carousel of images of the school I go to every single day.e. I had no idea what I was doing when I downloaded this app. right? . Yet another addition in the iOS design language earlier last year that Eyad missed: swiping from the left corner of the screen to go back.4. A back button. 6. Another similarity: they both shouldn’t exist.7” canvas to expand the WOHS app i. Let’s see how Eyad has taken advantage of a 9. from the home page of the app? This is similar to that home button on the home page of the WOHS website. if needed. 5. Surely he must’ve optimized it somehow.

just like the previous issues I have given suggestions to for resolution. at least I can see more of the second warrior head. Then what is the first link which says homepage? Will it take me back to the homepage of the app? Wasn’t that what the back button does? Or will it take me to the WOHS website homepage? I should probably think about the choice I make carefully since it takes forever to load a link once you tap it. it is a wildly different experience. they all led to a webpage. the very last link is actually the actual Official Website of WOHS. Every single thing is just blown up to full size here. repository driven. . but all lead to a UIWebView included in the iOS SDK. Here’s how it could look if we just pull ourselves together and work. Using native Apple technologies and the WOHS repository. we can craft an amazing experience that shares the same DESIGN language as the NEW WOHS website. A card based. To stay classy.No surprise here. Eyad is an awful programmer and even more awful designer. None of these actually led to a natively coded page within the app. Any guesses? The WOHS website. More links. right? Let’s actually tap the arrow and deploy the navigation menu to see what happens. Hey. In fact. Isn’t that just a web wrapper? NO. That’s awful. I have a solution to this problem as well. Don’t worry. therefore on paper it may sound like a web wrapper. No comment. native mobile application. The fact that we can use native technologies just makes the experience that much better for the user. In reality.

while checking out books at the library. as well as the payment methods that can be used and how that is set up both on the consumer and producer side. Of course you noticed that it says “Tap to pay for lunch”. e. in the latter parts of this essay. This is cool but let’s take it a step further. the card automatically goes away and will promptly reappear whenever needed. ready to pay or do whatever interaction that requires my ID at the moment. here we have a STACK of cards. the app queues up a personalized stack based on the user that signed in. Accept the ingenuity of a predictive application that is an integral part of WOHS services and realize how much potential lies here. Right now. the stack delivers me a card that is of top priority: paying my lunch. The whole repository is the DECK. From the deck. combined with the current time. How can we actively .Again following the whole cards moniker. embrace the concept wholeheartedly. Using the GPS sensor in the phone.g. The magical aspect of this specific screenshot is the location and time awareness that the stack has. I will discuss what enables the app to use NFC to do mobile payments on Android devices and what enables the app to use location awareness + time stamping to do mobile payments on iOS devices. The first thing I am greeted with upon opening the app is a card with my ID. The phone effectively recognized I was inside the WOHS Cafeteria’s geofence and matched the current time with my schedule and realized I was there for lunch. Once the payment is done.

all prioritized by the app.respond to changes in location and time? How can we automate the process? Push notifications. the WOHS app can run in the background remaining idle until specific parameters are met for an action to be triggered. Thanks to the new M7 chip in the iPhone 5s. . all while preserving battery life. Here’s how lock screen notifications can work for the WOHS app. in front of your fingertips. from the deck. in the stack. Now that I have shown off how payments could work. let’s see some other cards with various functionalities. Similar power conservation features can be emulated on the Android version of the app.

Very handy and also provides a level of interaction not offered by the WOHS website due to the device agnosticism. and at what time they are expected to reach school. The beauty of a native app is access to hardware level integration to offer services such as these.Students can wake up to see a card telling them when they should leave their home. . Powered by the Deck and also 3rd party mapping services. how traffic conditions are.

In the future. this helps Deck suggest more clips from WOW TV you might enjoy and sends it to your Stack. displays a card in your stack notifying you of the due date and whatever fines you may owe. I will discuss the AI (and algorithms behind it) of Deck in the last topic of this essay. Powered exclusively by the Deck. get instant delivery of WOW TV episodes right to your stack. but we have long ways to go before that. Through Deck. matches with your name and if applicable. Deck learns about your preferences and which videos you most likely watched. which can also be paid directly within the application. A few more cards… . Slowly. no physical interaction required at the library.Deck crawls through library’s database to find overdue books.

apply Deck to them as well. It even has the power to find out when the quarter ends and semantically link it to the fact that this teacher is getting ready to put something in the grade book. it searches its teacher repository and learns exactly what test is to be graded and reminds the teacher. In this case. Powered by Deck and 3 rd party mapping services. . an AP Chemistry teacher who has been waiting for a Scantron machine to be available for use has been notified of his wishes. and is even given a map of the school with the machine pinpointed! As if the AI component of Deck couldn’t be smarter. and has even been told where exactly the machine is.Why only make Deck’s extensive knowledge graph limited only to students? Since it is technically potent enough to reach other staff members’ daily lives at WOHS. directly at their stack. Deck lets the teacher reserve the machine as well. Last but definitely not the least. an action that notifies every other teacher waiting on the machine.

Here. The spill was reported through crowd sourced information at the cafeteria and sent back up to the repository at WOHS where it was scanned by Deck. Deck even suggests what tools he should use to approach the spill. Powered by Deck and 3rd party mapping services. a custodian is notified of a spill in the main campus cafeteria. Deck even includes a mass P2P system where one custodian can just press “ignore” and the alert will be sent out to the next closest custodian to the cafe. .When I said extend to all staff members. I wasn’t kidding.

it then locates where that bus is on the bus loop and notifies the student when it arrived. A simple pinch-out gesture emulates a semantic zoom to expose the whole stack. The user can now dismiss the card from their stack by swiping it off their screen. and even the exact position on the map. The end goal is Deck being able to know all your habits and help you in school. The bus location mechanism will be described later in great detail. probably one of the coolest and most technologically demanding (so demanding that I have to write more in detail about this in later issues). which essentially lets users see their daily activities and chores for WOHS at a.Back to the student’s use case scenario. VERY similar to the Google Now service (the whole cards philosophy was inspired by this and Microsoft Live Tiles). is live bus status tracking. Something else they can do is actually act upon the card by tapping “Cool” or “Not riding the bus today”. . yet more powerful since the scope is much smaller and more controlled. The latter will tell Deck more about your daily school schedule and help it correctly map out a timeline which in return builds a stronger recommendation engine. glance. Of course there’s even a feature called glance mode. when it leaves. Once Deck goes through the student’s information and finds their bus info.

Also keep in mind that the actual glance screen will be populated with more cards and categorized more intelligently. these cards will look crisp and clear. unlike Eyad’s app. Deck recognizes the location and time and pairs it up with the student’s schedule and sends this card to the stack. the app will be optimized to take advantage of the larger screen. otherwise it just disappears.Keep in mind that on a 326 PPI display. The heart rate is only available when users have a Nike Fuelband or a Fitbit or any fitness tracking device connected to their phone (and as wearables begin to take off. To conclude this issue’s resolution. I will demonstrate two more cards. this app will not just blow the iPhone app to a larger size. the glance is only for navigational purposes. more and more students carry these devices on them). The actual experience begins when the user taps a card or is prompted with one. Of course on the iPad. Plus. Fairly interesting card for people that have HOPE/Gym. The weightlifting record is more of a self-leaderboard and .

Through the use of social media outlets. with the arrival of the new principal. Building an infrastructure the size of Deck is surely going to take time. WOHS has desperately tried to fix this problem. The laps run and speed are all funded by the M7 chip as well as GPS in the iPhone 5s. PLEASE make a Windows Phone app. but it’s a personalized extension of that. Speaking of coaches… Coaches can get the same data that is UPLOADED from students and have it displayed on a leaderboard. This is all possible with Deck’s ability to pull data from P2P as well as push it for a cohesive network throughout all of WOHS. the blueprints for success are all here. As seen above. which they can acknowledge and in turn. Alternatively. This will even help Deck put the puzzle together and compare “non-dress out” data from multiple users and link it to the daily weather. WOHS news travels faster than ever before. and to some extent they have succeeded. . but they still have long ways to go. however. This helps the coaches know which students they should focus on and which require more challenging activities. and that is conveying useful news in a timely fashion to the largest potential audience. while the M7 compares that data and timestamps for each lap to calculate average speed. I’d much appreciate that. users can select “Not dressing out today” which lets Deck know in advance without pooling its resources that today is a non-dress out day. Recently. Deck can notify HOPE coaches of days where weather conditions are not favorable for dressing out. Oh and. In the future then. basically. WOHS social media outlets WOHS has always had a weak point. but the quality of news and distribution methods are very fragmented (you’re going to hear me use this word a lot). Deck queues GPS to track how many laps have been run. Steve is ahead of everyone else but Marissa might need some extra help. We have extremely talented people at WOHS and I’m confident that this can one day become a reality. The future is not a static application that basically does what the WOHS website does. all without the HOPE coach having to say a single word.reward system that motivates users to keep lifting. Deck will notify users in advance that today is a non-dress out day.

long newscasts? Now these newscasts have even started to include verbal editorials (From where I’m sitting). So I clicked it. but the reality is that a lot of the information on these outlets is way too specific and not curated. Right on the WOHS website is Warrior Cry. Then what is “The Blade” for? Which should I go to? Can I subscribe to one or something like that so I have new editions delivered right to me? Can WOHS news really be instantaneous? Here’s the YouTube page. and each of those episodes are immediately outdated by the time they are uploaded. I didn’t know what it was and didn’t really care. not news (which as of now. There are just so many news sources that warriors are having trouble keeping up. low quality. Then there’s this. . Apparently we also have a school newspaper. Here’s the problem: it only has WOW TV. so I don’t even see a need for it anymore unless it is exclusively for editorials. Each episode is far too long. it isn’t). I understand WOHS is trying to create a variety of news sources that students can enjoy. Where do I go to find out when the Interact club meeting is? Should I hunt through the twitter timeline or watch multiple episodes of WOW TV and wait for them to tell me? The school newspaper is obviously outdated and slow. It was a series of web-only articles on news and editorials. What is the hope of these videos? Do we expect students to view these if they are absent? View outdated.This is bad.

a personalized news source. and a link to Warrior Cry! More news outlets! Then WOHS tells me to “SING up” and get more info at… Facebook. So how do we fix it? If you noticed. The WOHS app is just an extension of the app. There’s multiple sources for WOHS news within the social media outlets! The problem does not stop there either. To save time. Here is how we fix news at WOHS. here is “Live Feed”. Instead of giving us an Instagram or Facebook link to an app. so showing you a mockup for the app will pragmatically tell you enough for how this concept could work through other mediums. paper. Believe it or not. I never really showed you what happens when you tap/click the “down arrow” button once you signed in. I’ve only created a mockup for the personalized news source for the WOHS app. why two instances of the same news? Why use Instagram to advertise the OCPS app?? Twitter is pointless at this point now for WOHS. if any. in the mockups of the new WOHS website and WOHS app. the fact that some of these sources just tweet the same news as the others creates confusion and a sense of disorganization. Two instances of the same news again. This is what I’ve been building towards. there are more problems in the way WOHS delivers news than this. and ink. just give us the download link for the app! Also.What is the point of a twitter account when all that happens there are links posting directly back TO FACEBOOK? This would’ve been SLIGHTLY more acceptable if there was some additional info as to WHAT photo was posted to Facebook so I don’t have to guess and click the links to see which pertains to me. . There’s the fragmentation.

For that. using filters (explained shortly below). It hands down bests any form of news distribution we had before because it’s automated and instantly helpful. a dead simple way to curate news content manually. Once it figures out I like technology. so this morning it briefed me with the scores of the game. . As you can see here. live cards. It also tells me to check back for official WOW TV video coverage of the game. download the app. That statement sends a clear message to warriors. It gives the app more purpose to actually exist. There is no better way to get a unified source of news than through the WOHS app. Deck figured out I am a football fan (I actually am not but let’s pretend for the sake of demonstration).The pull-down is basically a stack of new. if you want to be updated. Deck can also find me on social networking sites to learn what I like and what I don’t. What’s the difference between this stack and the main stack though? This stack is exclusively for live. there is the inclusion of filters. This news mechanism is insanely cool and efficient. and also figured out that last night I was NOT at the game to see the score. computers don’t always understand what we want at times. One of the coolest things you probably didn’t notice is how there was no setup process involved once I signed in. real-time news updates from WOHS. maybe it would stream the Robotics team competition right to my stack of cards in my Live Feed. which is handy when I want to know in-depth details of the game I missed. Deck delivers specific cards to the Live Feed stack based on what it knows about you from the WOHS repository and also what you tell it. Deck knew what clubs I was registered to and if I play any sports. Of course.

and far outdoes any social media outlet that WOHS uses. this is the smartest news delivery system. Some of my teachers send newsletters via EMail and some send PowerPoints as well. which notifies Deck to deliver that content to me. Undoubtedly. How many more sources do I have to look at? This is just like the last issue I discussed. The whole world is beginning to do so.Tapping the “down arrow” for the filters brings up an elegant popover with news sources. school-wide. a state of fragmentation and no universalizing standards. You can see I manually selected “Sports” and “Academics”. The problem is that we are moving too slow and are in an initialization state. A state where Edmodo and Moodle coexist. Now it’s time to take the classroom to the next level: digital. Class resource distribution fragmentation/digitalization Teachers don’t like printing lots of stuff out. it’s happening on a smaller scale and is not totally uniform yet. Let’s not forget the traditional resource sharing service still exists. A clean. OCPS as a whole is moving towards a digital curriculum. While WOHS is already approaching that level. and teachers not knowing which to utilize to distribute educative resources. I have teachers using Moodle to give out classwork and then there are teachers on Edmodo giving out classwork. E-Mail. We don’t like carrying lots of papers around. no cohesive standard for sharing information exists. My suggestion? Use the WOHS website/WOHS app I redesigned a few issues back. simple .

Moodle is TERRIBLY designed. It’s a fairly feasible feat. Of course. too complex to work with. No longer having to check multiple social networks posing as social education networks or having to check E-Mail is a remarkable thing. Classes are stuck in the middle with decisions to go digital. It is extremely perplex and also overwhelming. progressbook is again. Any web site designed by OCPS is a terrible one. but it needs to be fixed. Moodle is no exception to that rule. Especially as electronics invade our lives. removing the final barrier of entry. Web Design. If I didn’t have to study for my AP classes right now. Even PROGRESSBOOK is used by some teachers to give homework. Deck will do all the heavy lifting. but here is the crazy part: it does not work on weekends!! “Down for maintenance. I would open up Photoshop and make some quick mockups of exactly how a more in-depth card for grades would work in the WOHS app/website. Teachers either have us do assignments in class on paper and then tests online or homework digitally. rather it’s just a mass message board system with file sharing capabilities. and for now. PICK ONE SIDE. there is nothing about Web Design as a class that makes it web friendly. less management involved. Progressbook has so many issues and is so vague about specific grades. That is reason enough to argue digital is better. What exactly are you maintaining? A terrible website. I understand why we still use it (it’s because we seemingly have no other option). Filters can and should also be applied to these resource distribution systems that could be built. Also. and having them sign up for weird textbook websites and stuff of that nature. will be back up Monday 5AM”. it’s understandable. a specific class. Students will be pinged and accordingly assigned the work. Plus. instant results. just slightly rebranded. Ok. So I could be failing a class inadvertently yet I would not be able to notify my teacher because I wouldn’t be notified of it either! So for quarter 3. Some teachers are using even more complex intranets to send over information to students. that’s how I see it. doesn’t even use any online services. Ironically. How is digital any better than physical? Automated grading. progressbook sucks. it just does NOT work. These filters would allow content to be organized in more fashionable means. Did I mention after 11:59 PM until 5 AM that Progressbook doesn’t work? Flat out. even teachers have problems with it. but I do have to study. They didn’t even go into the effort of optimizing the network for educative purposes.influx of information can be absorbed by users if it comes categorized into one source. and sadly. Edmodo is basically a ripped off version of Facebook. I will have no idea what my grade is the weekend before the day grades are due. I am sure you understand what is wrong with progressbook and how it can be . within the WOHS app and website. nearly every student will own a device capable of running the WOHS app or website at least. A sort of fragmentation exists within the Meta of the classroom. everything is locally stored on the servers at WOHS and inaccessible outside of their computers. Progressbook I’ll be short and simple. Either go all in or don’t explore the unexplored. The fact that it does not work on weekends causes many problems: teachers can’t input grades on those days. teachers should just use the website or app to send out assignments. I just want an easy way to see my grades and know what has been changed in each of them. Firstly. Having to remember a dozen logins is also no fun. normal people don’t really check their grades after that time. We NEED to go all digital at this point for maximum efficiency and learning to happen at WOHS. I fail a class! All because some idiots were maintaining a dead simple database driven website. I also want it to be integrated within the WOHS app so I can receive push notifications about that latest test that got put in the grade book. and easier and quicker access to resources that doesn’t require a middleman. far too difficult to maneuver around and hunt for the things you want.

I hope you infer the resolution for this one. To keep from any spoilers for the last part . where it would instantaneously ring up a price for all items and ping it up to Deck. All transactions have already been done when we selected food from the menu. my teacher automatically assumes I am skipping and calls my parents. Attendance fragmentation/inefficiency Here is a specific irritation and annoyance I face with WOHS. and this should be used to the advantage of the attendance office. How inefficient is the current attendance system? We use PROGRESSBOOK. something teachers are paid to do. Teachers suck at marking people absent. It’s crazy to think about that for a second. We don’t require their service anymore. a day when attendance is something teachers don’t have to worry about marking. As discussed earlier. tapping the device to the NFC plate will signify a transaction has taken place. IDs are a solution to this. Deck will send the bill to your phone and you just tap the screen to pay. not the best idea to use that service. If I am present in all my 6 classes but not in my 7 th. Automated seat checks. so we just go and basically take our lunch when pinged. People that try to steal lunch would be stopped since after passing through a large long range NFC scanner (like in the library). lunch lines will either be extremely short or nonexistent. something magical begins to happen. Since it is just a pick up and go system. this problem can be fixed in 2 easy ways. one general purpose long range communicator.fixed. Literally Deck can make those people lose their jobs. the cashiers and lunch-ladies work on assembling our orders together into a single tray. First way. ABSENT FROM THE CLASS. Deck can identify when you walk into a class and when you leave. especially when we have substitutes. Here is how it would work: students would pick up their food items from the retail area and place it on their tray. and that is what needs to happen. When we have subs. My 2 week old absence excused form that I could’ve easily faked has yet to be acknowledged. Another inefficient way to keep track of attendance. this is the signal to “come and get your lunch”. who just call out names and hear for a response (often times I have called out “here” for absent people just to see what happens. How do they pay for lunch? The NEW physical ID system. lunch-ladies know exactly what we need and how much is needed. the buzzer would ring and detect that the long range NFC general purpose tag has not been nullified by the transaction managing NFC scanner. time stamping + location awareness will let Deck know which meal you paid for and when. and it will fit in with our system a little bit nicer. If I am not in my seat in my CST class. There is another way to fix the problem. they fell for it). Back in the cafeteria. Currently. Lunch distribution/retail Lunch quality sucks at WOHS but that is out of the principal’s control. Teaching happens. For Windows Phone and Android devices. What about students that walk in tardy after being marked absent? Too bad. I have been researching RFID and NFC technologies as well as investigating the M7 chip on the iPhone 5s. For iOS devices. I suggest that we place 2 NFC tags on every single food item sold (each tag costs only a few cents). and that is because of the slow attendance office workers. and no solid system to take attendance in class. hassle-free. At least after seeing a pattern in the resolution of the past issues. There is one demographic we left out: People without smartphones. Once we enter the cafeteria later that day for lunch. What IS in the control is how this lunch is distributed and retailed. We also will never run out of food this way. Since students pick their food early in the morning. ASSUMES. students pick what they want for lunch on the WOHS app and send that data over to Deck. they literally mark who is absent on a piece of paper and give it to a student to be delivered to the attendance office. When stuff like attendance and grading papers gets out of the way thanks to technology. They have to file an official absence excuse form. each of our devices should be pinged by the lunch ladies. There is too much guessing and inferring going on. The way I see it. and one short range specified read only communicator. the teacher marks me absent. not just any IDs. They would walk up to the cashier’s area and simply PLACE their lunch tray on a large NFC scanner plate (not really that large). the digital IDs discussed earlier. the system involves standing in a long line slowly moving and picking up food while waiting on a slow cashier to register the food items selected and then collect your money. For the past year or so.

Evaluations don’t even have a purpose! Here is how we fix it. Say if WOHS had 100 classrooms to be monitored. That’s basically it. at least I will be able to purchase it fast and easy. do attention to this specific issue for the safety of our Warriors. Use either digital IDs or the new physical IDs to check in and check out of classes using NFC readers. one being more costly than the other. and second. 285 hours later with just ONE cashier at minimum wage fired. to approach the evaluations problem. another fourth has some weird bathroom pass checking system I am forced to abide by. Yeah. Just tap the scanner that should be mounted on the door of every class (each scanner costs like. the teacher never knows when they are being evaluated. Use planners? I would. One of my teachers only lets us use the bathroom 3 times a quarter. random groups of students should be pinged on their mobile device to act as sting operators to evaluate their teachers. How do we fix this? Get rid of the planners and get rid of the weird classroom-specific rules. we would’ve saved the $2000 we need for 100 classes. it should only work live. but please. and money. actually 2 ways possible. though this is not nearly as much of a problem at the scale that weapon checks are. Instructions should be sent to their device. I’ll start off with the cheaper way: set up students to act as sting operators. $5).of this essay. This is how we solve the lunch problem in a cost-conscious way. pull out that whiteboard from the depths of their closets just for evaluation purposes. and it would integrate nicely within this infrastructure just described. Wake up administrators. we are good to go. even though I don’t particularly enjoy WOHS pizza. It works magically. Half of them require me to write passes on my planner and a fourth don’t care. I don’t even know what it would take for an administrator to recognize bad habits of a teacher. The DUMBEST part of this all is when you ANNOUNCE you are coming in for evaluation. It is hilarious to see teachers that previously never used the “5 Part Scale”. Also it would be nice to get the nutritional values for the food I eat here. Teacher evaluations The best days in class (other than days with substitutes) are days when we have teacher evaluations. it totally contradicts the standards set by WOHS for bathroom policies. This is the most effective way. If we just set up the whole system to handle these kind of queries and requests that Deck handles. It is SOOOOOOOOO simple. but tell that to teachers. Cameras. Just thought I should bring this to your attention. Dress code is not checked properly at all either. To save space. Dress code and weapons checking Obviously as we can see from the events of a few months ago. no teacher is going to act “bad” like they might in their classroom when you aren’t there. WOHS needs to have some sort of permanent weapon checking system on campus. Every classroom should have a simple low resolution camera with microphone to monitor teachers. Admins will be able to link into any camera in the school and monitor the teacher remotely without their knowledge. Surprise evaluations won’t be that much different but they still are better than what happens now. and that scanner can automatically note down to Deck the location of . simply because I did not think about it as deeply as the other issues in this essay. There IS one last way however. That seems EXTREMELY reasonable. I’ll say only a little: it is very similar to the chip and pin system that Europeans use. $2000 doesn’t sound like much anymore considering how many fund raisers the school successfully completes. Why? The teachers all put on a masquerade and pretend they are the best. There should also be incentives for these students to use class time as sting operation time (excused from any work of that class that day). It almost does not get as covert and discreet as this method. Bathroom policies/planners More fragmentation at WOHS? You bet. Hey. if we fire the cashiers in the cafeteria. nicest people on the planet. I don’t know. It’s all fake. probably organized by the superintendent it seems. I’m pretty sure that is illegal first of all. I have no definitive proposal to figure out a solution to this problem. A few checks the week after the shooting won’t cut it. time. That was a ridiculous stunt faked to make us feel safer. Every few weeks. Fire 2 cashiers and we can act as Big Brother on 200 classes. How much? $200 for every 10 classrooms using a commercial camera and microphone setup. but slightly costly.

Every other academic department needs to learn from them. justified grading rubrics I showed my teacher a question on my test that she probably had the wrong answer to. A human is not ideal for this job. just put the books in alphabetical order in terms of genre. She should be fired and never allowed to work as a teacher ever again. I can’t DRINK WATER at the library. Decks send the position of buses to Stacks on mobile phones and in 7 th period. reorganization I can’t use my phone at the library. that aspect of the library is useless. Just eyeballing my project and grading me isn’t justification. WE NEED A JUSTIFIED RUBRIC FOR EACH AND EVERY THING WE DO. Thanks to the school’s web filter. WOW. Gizmodo is blocked. then sending it to Deck. This is unacceptable and unfair. don’t make math an integral part of READING too now. and fragmented. Use NFC tags on every bus and a single person performing bus check-ins. or what exactly has been curved and the math behind this quarter. No need for some weird math system. The USA’s students are pretty low in math scores anyway. It is ingenious and devilishly easily to execute. I need someone who knows what I used to like to read and then be able to recommend what I should read next. I asked my teacher to grade my project and he gave me a 75 for a functional project. Do you want me to give you the contact info for the company and you can argue with them? I curved 4 questions on the test anyway so if you are going to be picky I won’t do it next time”. I can’t read news at school. Library rules. When I contested that was unfair. She responded “…professionals write this test. illegal. Also. It is amazing. It is inefficient and slow. I am dead serious. I used to read A LOT. Use Deck to help me navigate the library and find the next book I should read according to my preferences. No more hunting . the librarian does not allow us to drink water. The Dewey Decimal system is also stupid. it’s having lazy ignorance. Bus system We need to track our buses. on projectors for teachers to show to students who don’t have a mobile device. knowing specifically at what time someone went to the bathroom and at what time it was vandalized according to reports will pinpoint a list of suspects for each mystery. Not only did she completely ignore my request to look at that question as a teacher not a test proctor. He gave a 75 to a nonfunctional project. all I can say is the rules there are pathetic. Fix that. That is basically it. The curriculum is strict and linear and does not differ teacher to teacher. Similar to how attendance should work at WOHS as described earlier! Time stamping the check-ins and check-outs could also help solve some bathroom vandalism mysteries. We have calendars for what we are doing daily every month! Look at that planning! It is insane and makes me wonder why no other courses have done what the precalc teachers have been able to accomplish. I can’t use the computers for any games other than Coolmath. I want to know EXACTLY why I missed a point on this test. or a few points on this homework. What use is the library when the computers are basically meaningless? The books right? As long as I need a physical human that knows nothing about me to recommend and find me a book. WHAT. I can’t access my OneDrive and maybe print out some of the essays I wrote at home. I am running out of time to type this essay. but she even basically threatened to change her grading style midquarter. NOT a librarian. Curriculum fragmentation among identical courses Why is my Bio teacher not doing the same homework and taking the same tests as the other Bio teachers? Why is my English teacher giving us different projects than the other English teachers? My Spanish teacher assigning monologues different from the others? The precalc teachers have absolutely NAILED this. he said “Do you want me to make it worse?” He is a nice guy and pretty cool so I don’t really want him fired like the last teacher but HE NEEDS TO GIVE ME A SPECIFIC RUBRIC. I will keep this short. uses.these students. Need for strict. get rid of barcode scanning on books and move to NFC like in the café as I suggested. Deck is.

you will know exactly where it is and even when it will depart. and miscellaneous. the serial number is deleted from the WOHS database and a new one is assigned as soon as a new ID is prepared for the student. not the ID number. just not in this essay due to the fact I am busy for SPRING BREAK): TD. I want to be able to place food in my wish list and have Deck notify me when a vending machine has been restocked with my favorite item and where it is located at the school. MP. and these variations will be the ones used to identify one ID from the other within the IT system at WOHS (which I can offer to write algorithms and sample code for. The NFC chip in the ID will allow interaction with various NFC readers around the school and the serial number acts as a security pin. Fund deployment priorities Instead of buying whiteboards for all the classes or even planning to buy iPads for everyone. SD. The library allows no drinks at all. and then the picture is the last step of verification for any humaninvolved activities. One student can only carry one valid ID. using serial numbers that are changeable allow my info to be 10x more secure. Teachers. It should either be monthly subscription based or first-come first-serve. this is the purest form of magic. the exact same as the physical one but digital! In the event a physical ID is misplaced.through the crowd to find a bus. “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. Send info about the vending machine to Deck. maybe you should focus on fixing the bells if they fail to go off first. while waiting for a new unique ID to be made. gets to park there for the day. Students can also report their physical ID to be . Every month a small payment should be made to keep that spot or just not reserve spots at all. Add a scanner at the dispenser. Not to mention some rules are just unnecessary. what wraps ALL the concepts I have discussed together. Now it is time to discuss the digital ID. MD. every time an ID is lost or ruined. We get a detention for being tardy 3 times in a quarter in some classes. Each class can’t have their own rules and regulations. students. My bio teacher only allows Gatorade and water but no other drinks. they basically have my details for my entire high school carrier. and others just don’t care. If someone has my ID number. However. The serial number is what will be used to sign into WOHS services. This is a unified school with universal rules. This is much more secure and smarter than the piece of plastic with a barcode on it we currently use as an ID. also eliminating concerns about ID theft. eliminating duplicate ID concerns as only one ID will work at a time. let me explain that there are multiple variations of the new ID system. Maybe even let me reserve items. Whoever gets there first. Vending machines Add NFC tags to the materials being vended. This is the future of the school. The new ID system This is it. Each having a digital version and a physical version. This allows two step verification. Chip and picture system for physical IDs. In that case. To start off. EVEN more secure than the credit card system in Europe. while the ID number is just a student identifier for OCPS. a student can instantly receive a new ID on request in the WOHS app. one with facial recognition and one computerized NFC chip ownership verification. and for security reasons. Chip + Pin + Picture. It is that simple. Disciplinary policies (and their fragmentations) My Spanish teacher has a list of non-negotiable items pinned to his wall we have to follow. SP. Car parking system We need to stop selling car parking spots permanently to students. We can’t just have parking spots hogged for the whole school year. what will unify us all. Every single ID has a unique serial number (separate from the ID number). TP. EACH physical ID needs to have an NFC chip inside and a picture of the user.

because I know the OCPS bureaucracy will not heed to anything. a defining moment is what created the WOHS we visit every day. the ugly website. The end new beginning Throughout my past 2 years at WOHS and my 3 years at BWMS. We are at a specific point in time right now that will define WOHS for the next decade or so. but WOHS might. I never appreciated the work that happened at WOHS. No more excuses for “I left my ID at home”. Here’s to change. and the next decade of success. With the new principal. and did not require involvement from any higher power. I don’t know. the horrible WOW TV. One thing I DID pay specific attention to. Perhaps I am delusional. Always wanted change. the same pride that inspired me to sit down and write this essay. . the confusing fragmentations across the school. I tried to make sure everything in this essay was feasible for a principal.stolen or missing and receive a brand new digital ID instantly. but I do know it instilled a type of pride in me. WOHS is an integral part of our lives. I always thought we were one step back. “One Warrior Nation”. I did this on purpose. Be it for only 8 hours or so. That is what happened when the school was first founded. I never really knew exactly how to fix what was wrong though and didn’t really know if my suggestions would ever be listened to. Whether it be the terribly designed curriculum guides made by “Keys Inc. Yes I left out a lot of specific details. I don’t know what it means or why this quotation even exists. Here’s to leaving a legacy behind for the next generation. I have a small glimmer of hope for change. I have always hated the “system”. For reformation. or just the old fashioned way of doing things. is realism. Every Warrior feels this way. the wave of new students coming in and the stream of those coming out.”. but that’s usually what happens when you are delusional. but that was due to restriction of time. Here’s to reformation. I don’t think so.

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