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Students showcase technology in education

Grosse Pointe North High School students interview with Brad Wilson, Educational Technology Consultant of 21nnovate, an online resource for learning about technology in education.
January 10, 2013
A group of seven students from Gary Abud’s chemistry class traveled to the State Capitol Building in Lansing Nov. 28 to participate in the 12th annual AT&T/Michigan Association for Computer Users Learning Student Technology Showcase.

Sophomores Shannon McEnroe, Graham Eger and Chris Bahr, juniors Nathon Jones and Carter Bock and seniors Carly Broman and Emily Joseph represented Grosse Pointe North High School at the event as one of 35 elementary, middle and high schools statewide selected to present. Divided into three 90-minute sessions, each group, set up along two hallways in a poster-presentation style similar to a science fair, demonstrated to elected members of the Michigan State Senate and House of Representatives technology’s varied uses in classrooms across the state to enhance student achievement.

“We tried to have a presentation that talked about how you can use any device in the classroom and that most of the stuff that we’re doing is looking to have the paperless-classroom effect and give students the ability to use their devices productively and as a resource for themselves in their learning,” said Abud, a strong advocate for integrating technology into the classroom ever since his days teaching in a small suburb of Scottsdale, Ariz.

This is the first year Abud has made technology usage a daily routine, his room a BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, setting, incorporating student devices into anything from taking notes to individual or group activities and projects to class discussions. It’s all in an effort to create an environmentally friendly classroom while teaching students to become “resourceful communicators and collaborators.”

Some students, like the ones Abud selected to present in Lansing, have already exhibited exemplary work and “shined” using their devices in the classroom. And it’s Abud’s hope that by having them participate in the showcase and sharing ideas with students of all ages, kindergarten to seniors in high school, that they realize the impact and connectedness of technology in education. In that realization, he said, they can become ambassadors not just for North but for the Grosse Pointe community as a whole.

“The other thing that I’m hoping that they come away with,” Abud said, “there are some really great ideas that they can then go and share here at North and in Grosse Pointe to help us move forward as we look for what are things that we can do even better with technology in the district, to kind of use them as ambassadors to have gone and seen the great things that are going on around the state and to bring back some ideas that we can repurpose for our schools.

“They did a really good job.”

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