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Form Over Function: iPhone 5

Form Over Function: iPhone 5

June 10, 2013

It’s finally here. The phone you have been waiting for, Apple’s “most revolutionary product” ever: the iPhone 5. While thousands of people around the world stood in outrageous lines outside Apple stores, I wondered to myself if this phone is all it’s hyped up to be? Although Apple advertises...

New “Lulu” App Allows Women to Rate Men

New “Lulu” App Allows Women to Rate Men

By Natasha Harvey

June 8, 2013

A new application called Lulu has struck the teenage world that allows girls to comment and rate their male Facebook friends. The app was originally popular among college students and has now made it to the high school social scene and is rapidly increasing in popularity. The only way to log in with ...

Learning Goes Social: The New Age of Teacher-Student Communication

Learning Goes Social: The New Age of Teacher-Student Communication

By Devon Stoeber

May 31, 2013

One school night, sophomore Madelyn Lunder gets ready to begin her homework by checking her planner. After she realizes she forgot to write some assignments down she logs on to her Facebook. Lunder is a member of her sophomore English and social studies Core class Facebook group where she can ask fellow...

The “Rogue Texting” Epidemic

The “Rogue Texting” Epidemic

By Jonah Amargi-Levy

May 21, 2013

My day was ruined and it was only 8 a.m. I had become yet another victim of the epidemic that I like to call rogue texting. A rogue texter is a person that is so self-absorbed that they can’t take the time to wait to send their 160 character message; instead, they proceed to walk and text, oblivious...

Hawk Talk: Technology in the Classroom

Hawk Talk: Technology in the Classroom

March 24, 2013

Tam’s plentiful technological resources have grown in recent years. For some innovative teachers, this means supplying students with web-equipped devices, such as laptops and iPads, and making use of reconfigured classrooms like 2020 to update their teaching techniques. But how effective is Tam’s...

Computer Requirement Waived For Class of 2014

By Cody Duane-McGlashan

March 23, 2013

The Tamalpais Union High School District administration has decided to waive its technology requirement for the second successive year. The requirement no longer applies to the class of 2014. Prior to the waiver, the requirement could be met either by taking the semester-long Introduction to Computers...

EMBLIDGE INSIGHT: Wesley vs. “The Hobbit” and 48 fps

EMBLIDGE INSIGHT: Wesley vs. “The Hobbit” and 48 fps

By Wesley Emblidge

December 14, 2012

The way we see films is an ever changing, much debated, controversial topic. We’re in an age now where you can get any film instantly through the internet, where anyone can make a film if they have a cell phone and passion, and where film, in the most literal sense, is going away. Recently we’ve ...

Technology graduation requirement suspended for the 2012-2013 school year

By Billy Butler

May 9, 2012

Last night the Tam District Board of Trustees removed the technology graduation requirement for the 2012-2013 school year, exempting the class of 2013. According to a release sent out by district Superintendent Dr. Laurie Kimbrel, "the recommendation to suspend the requirement was based on the recognition...

Letter to the editor: Is wireless the new lead paint?

Letter to the editor: Is wireless the new lead paint?

By Lisa Miller

December 8, 2011

Dear Tam News, I have been suffering from migraine headaches that began shortly after a wireless utility “SmartMeter” was installed on my home in the fall of 2010 by PG&E. I saw many doctors, had many tests, tried medications, and kept a headache journal examining every variable in my life to try to fin...

Smartphones: Finding a Balance

Smartphones: Finding a Balance

By Aaron Newman

September 29, 2011

Smartphones are prominent on campus nowadays. Devices such as the iPhone and the Blackberry are potent, versatile machines of interaction, information, and entertainment. But do they make us happier? Evolved from the basic cellphone, smartphones are at their cores tools of communication. But the smartphone is a p...

Direct Light Leaves Weary Counting Sheep

Direct Light Leaves Weary Counting Sheep

February 14, 2011

It’s 11 p.m. on a school night: your breath is minty fresh, you’ve stripped down to your onesie, and the warmth of down feathers engulfs you.  However, your head is not quite enticed by the pillow yet.  Many hours of straining your mind has put you on edge and you need a way to relive the st...

How Facebook has made me into a creeper

By Hank Brown

November 17, 2010

Keeping on task with homework, college apps, crafting fine pottery, brewing meth or whatever kids do these days is difficult, due to the fact that the procrastination machines we call computers and smart phones are so integral to our everyday lives. But today I am not here to discuss how technology is...