Novi schools tap into tech showcase at Capitol

From the Observer & Eccentric

Deerfield Elementary and Novi Woods Elementary were among nearly 30 schools in Michigan that participated in the 13th annual AT&T/MACUL Student Technology Showcase on Oct. 23 at the State Capitol Building in Lansing.
Students used computers and other electronic devices to show elected members of the Michigan State Senate and the House of Representatives how technology is being used in the classroom to facilitate learning. The projects covered a wide variety of learning areas including science, mathematics, social studies and language arts.
Taking part in the demonstrations locally were fourth graders, Katie Johnson, Kyle Dowd, Cameron Andrysiak, Lauren Trainor, and their teachers, JoAnne North and Myla Lee. Their one-year project focused on Project-Based Learning and Art and Technology Integration.
Another Deerfield team lead by Janis Canady, media specialist, and fourth-graders Carson Grant, Theodore Pispidikis, Aamir Hasan, Melanie Reagan and Lauren Wiacek demonstrated how iPads were used to research "The History of the Constitution" on Constitution Day.
The combined Deerfield and Novi Woods team of Heather Merte's fourth-graders, Prabhas Vunnam and Avni Kinra, and Becky Byrd's third-graders, Alexis Zielinski, Carter Tarkanyi and Charlotte Stoy, showed how blogging integrated literacy and technology in an authentic way.
The Showcase was sponsored by AT&T, Michigan Department of Education, and the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL), an organization dedicated to bringing educators from all levels together to share their knowledge and concerns regarding educational uses of computers and technology.
Ric Wiltse, MACUL executive director, said that technology has joined the "three R's" as one of the basics of educating children. "Surveys show that students enjoy using computers, so they tend to get more involved with their projects and often do much better in school as a result," he stated.
For further information about the event, visit the MACUL website at Elementary Schools Participated in AT&T/MACUL