Mayfield students participate in technology showcase in Lansing

Mayfield students took a tour of the state capitol with Congressman Kevin Daley.

LAPEER, Michigan — Mayfield Elementary was among nearly 50 schools in Michigan that participated in the 11th annual AT&T/MACUL Student Technology Showcase on Wednesday, November 2, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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 from Mayfield were Jake Morehead, Gabrielle Rodela, Joseph Strayhorn, Carter Behnke, Olivia Kreger, Alexis Kigar, Kaylin Winther, and Mahlea Maresh, along their teachers Mrs. Bidlack, Mr. Back, and Mr. Losinger.

Mrs. Bidlack’s fourth and fifth grade students showcased student-generated iMovies, a class iBook that they created on the iPad, PowerPoint presentations that they created to demonstrate their understanding of science concepts, and applications on the iPad that are used during math and reading interventions. Mr. Back and Mr. Losinger’s students presented electronic portfolios created on laptop computers to showcase things they are learning across the curriculum as well as with technology.

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.

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