Michigan Education Association

MEA Secretary-Treasurer Peggy McLellan (right) stands with St. Joseph teacher Joe Rommel and his students at the 2008 MEA/MACUL Student Technology Showcase in Grand Rapids.
MEA Secretary-Treasurer Peggy McLellan (right) stands with St. Joseph teacher Joe Rommel and his students at the 2008 MEA/MACUL Student Technology Showcase in Grand Rapids.
From digital storybooks to graphic design
Student technology projects showcase bringing learning to life

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.

"A strong foundation in technology is critical for our students to be prepared for the jobs Michigan needs," said MEA President Iris K. Salters. "These projects showcase the wide variety of ways our students and educators are using high tech tools to bring learning to life."

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:

Ann Arbor Haisley Elementary The Life of Martin Luther King Jr.
Battle Creek LaMora Park Elementary Common Good with Technology
Brimley Area Schools Brimley Elementary The ClassMate PC Laptop Project
Chippewa Valley Schools Erie Elementary Fourth grade Technology Projects
Croswell-Lexington Schools Croswell-Lexington High School Designing Community Websites & Digital Portfolios
Dearborn Public Schools Salina Intermediate School Applying the Curriculum through Multimedia
Presentations and Student Broadcasts
Dearborn Divine Child High School Physical Computing - Arduino in Electronics
Detroit Shrine Catholic Grade School Micro Worlds EX
East Detroit Public Schools Bellview Elementary Bellview Broadcast Club
Eaton Rapids Public Schools Eaton Rapids High School Eaton Rapids High School Digital Art and Photography
Farmington Hills St. Fabian Family Heritage
L’Anse Creuse Public Schools Green Elementary Classroom Communications
L’Anse Creuse Public Schools Joseph M. Carkenord Elementary Storytelling Through Animation
Lapeer Community Schools Mayfield Elementary Documentary Movies
Oxford Kingsbury Country Day Audio Folktales
Oxford Kingsbury Country Day Creating Web Pages about Landforms
Port Huron School District Keewahdin Elementary Multimedia Memories of Elementary School
Port Huron School District Port Huron Northern High School Exploring the World through GIS
Port Huron School District Thomas Edison Elementary A Tribute to Famous Black Americans
Port Huron School District Port Huron Northern High School Digital Storybook
Warren Consolidated Schools Hatherly Elementary Technology Club: Digital Story Telling
West Bloomfield School District Doherty Elementary "In The News..."


Ric Wiltse
Executive Director, Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL)

Doug Pratt
Director of Communications, MEA


 “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