Showcasing technology in the schools

Apr. 01, 2014 @ 04:38 AM

Digital Learning in Rutherford County Schools (RCS) was on display at Sunshine Elementary School Saturday evening.

Garrett White, a student at East Rutherford High School, used his senior project to research and teach community members about technology in the school system by holding a technology fair.

“I wanted to do the fair to display all the hard work the students put in and their academic achievements,” White said.

White researched the schools system’s Going GLOBAL- Growing Learning Opportunities Beyond All Limits- 1:1 laptop initiative. He interviewed Superintendent Dr. Janet Mason and several teachers and principals about the uses of the technology.

For the fair White had students from Sunshine Elementary, Ellenboro Elementary, East Rutherford Middle School and East Rutherford High School come out and demonstrate how technology is used in classrooms each day with laptops and iPads.

“For the little ones I asked them who wanted to come and play tonight. And then some of them are showing how they did research in class,” Tara Mauney, instructional technology facilitator for Ellenboro Elementary, said. “For the students in grades three through five I just told them to demonstrate something they are comfortable with. They are all being open with people and rolling with it.”

Sixth-grade student Zuhila Sandoval, talked to people about her iMovie with voiceovers she created about cyberbullying.

“I love speaking in front of people,” Sandoval said. “My project is about cyberbullying because not a lot of people know about it. This way they can be aware of it because a lot of my friends have been cyberbullied.”

East Rutherford student Jordan Boyd gave a presentation on Sunshine Elementary’s new rear projection screen. The school had the screen installed last week. The screen operates using wifi and can sync with a laptop to become a giant computer screen.

“I’m enjoying showing people how technology is changing in the school system and how it’s helping our community as a whole,” Boyd said.

Another part of the evening was a fundraiser supper. All of the money raised during the dinner went to the Rutherford County Schools Education Foundation.

“When I was doing research for the project I found the education foundation and I thought it would be a great thing to support,” White said.

Donna Hensley, instructional technology facilitator, is White’s mentor for the project. She said she is very proud of the work he has put in and was pleased with his curiosity about the laptop initiative.

“It’s been exciting to watch Garrett learn about the process that brought the computers into the students’ hands,” Hensley said. “As a student, Garrett has had a computer through his high school career. As he has researched the project, his knowledge of what an endeavor of this magnitude takes has expanded greatly.”