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February 13, 2014
By Kathy Ryan

Staff Writer

THE GROSSE POINTES — Nooks and iPads and laptops, oh my!

There was something for everyone as the Grosse Pointe Public School System brought students and staff together at a Technology Showcase to demonstrate how computers and related devices are used in classrooms throughout the district.


From elementary school students using hand-held devices to assist with reading and math lessons to high school students using computer aided design software applications for architectural plans, the event highlighted how technology is becoming an intricate part of the education process.

Parcells Middle School students Lauren Sexton and Allison Lackner demonstrated how they do projects for several classes on computers. They demonstrated one project, done for social studies teacher Rodger Hunwick, on the Revolutionary War.

Both students agreed they enjoyed doing group projects using technology, saying it was "fun to work with friends."

But they both noted they had to use their own devices for several classes.

"It's hard to use the computers at school because it's so old," said Sexton. "It's from the 90s."

Grosse Pointe South seniors Elizabeth Trudel, Jason Chaney and Christian Baker brought building models and architectural plans they developed in their industrial technology class at South.

Students from Mason showed off their expertise with math programs on their iPads while students from Richard Elementary demonstrated how iPads have helped with reading programs.

"We have been using iPads in our reading support program, and they have been a tremendous asset," said Beth Rainbolt, Richard's reading specialist.

Superintendent Tom Harwood was pleased with the turnout, with more than 100 students and parents attending the event at Brownell Middle School.

"We're very pleased and excited to show the community how our students work with technology," he said, "and I think this tremendous turnout on such a cold night shows the interest our residents have in seeing what our students are doing with technology in the classrooms."


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