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Blog // Connect Michigan

Students Demonstrate Computers’ Impact on Learning at Annual Technology Showcase

By Wil Payton

Lansing, MI - Some 125 students from nearly 35 Michigan schools recently set up demonstrations to show legislators and the public how they are using technology to enhance their learning experience. The exhibition, held earlier this month at the 11th annual AT&T/Michigan Student Technology Showcase at the State Capital Building in Lansing, provided an opportunity to show policymakers how technology is essential for preparing students for the knowledge workforce of the new economy.

Presented by the Michigan Association for Computer Users for Learning and underwritten by AT&T, the showcase featured:

  • An electronic classroom where 30 students used mini-laptops instead of books for all of their core classes

  • Elementary students creating compelling stories using digital cameras and Microsoft Photo Story 3 software on topics that include European explorers, anti-bullying, and scientific methods

  • Fourth- and fifth-graders comprise a school Tech Force and meet weekly to do technology-related projects, share ideas, and learn troubleshooting techniques

“We had a lab of about 15 computers for us to use,” said Sue Stone, a Beaverton Primary Elementary School instructor. “The kids wanted to create something that they could take with them that would be meaningful. In the process they learned a word processing program and they learned how to do pretty much everything on their own.

“We use computers a lot for games, for Photo Story, and PowerPoint,” said Kylie Ray, a student from Pinewood Elementary. “I think technology is really important.”

Students displayed a variety of school projects highlighting how they’ve used technology to learn science, social studies, and language arts.

“Everything from skyping, video conferencing to blogging; but what is most important is learning,” said Mike Oswalt, a showcase organizer. “These students are learning for their future jobs in the twenty-first century.”

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