EAST LANSING, Mich., March 16, 2009 — Some of the best ideas in high tech education will be on display at the MEA/MACUL Student Technology Showcase at Cobo Center in Detroit.
Students from around the state will show how technology is helping them achieve in the classroom and prepare them for future careers, as they exhibit a variety of projects on Thursday, March 19 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Conference.
“There’s a great mix of students from kindergarten through high school and the variety and quality of the projects really demonstrates the use of technology across the curriculum,” said Ric Wiltse, MACUL executive director.
One fourth grade student from Erie Elementary School in Clinton Township will present a digital storybook of her adoption from China, while her classmates use PowerPoint to illustrate the life cycle of the monarch butterfly.
“I was trying to figure out a way to get kids excited about learning,” said Erie teacher Vicki Myers, “and using technology to get them interested in research and writing was the way to do that.”
Students from La Mora Park Elementary school in Battle Creek will show how they harnessed the power of technology for common good. Kindergarten through fifth-graders there used computer software to create posters to raise money for a variety of charities.
And students from Eaton Rapids High School will demonstrate how they’re using technology to get the kind of skills their future employers will be looking for. Their projects include vector portraits using Adobe Illustrator and animation using Photoshop.
Teams will be available to discuss their projects and the variety of technologies they used, ranging from Web site design to digital documentaries to multimedia presentations.
For the seventh consecutive year, the Michigan Education Association (MEA) is sponsoring the showcase. Salters will be on hand Thursday to greet the students and teachers and to distribute recognition certificates to the teams.
Below is the complete list of the teams and schools taking part in the event, listed in alphabetical order by school district or city:
“The mission of the MEA is to ensure that the education of our students and the working environments of our members are of the highest quality.”
Updated: March 17, 2009 10:48 AM