Nearly 40 K-12 student teams, representing their schools from around the state, will demonstrate how technology can enhance teaching and learning at this year’s Student Technology Showcase at the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. This event is sponsored by MACUL, MVU, and AT&T.
It is an opportunity for teachers and students to present to lawmakers the importance of technology integration into the classroom through projects designed and created by students at all levels of K-12 education. The event is also a chance for teams move about the rotunda of the Capitol, exploring the presentations of students from other districts, growing their digital literacy knowledge, and discovering the possibilities of other technology integrations into school projects and curriculum.
The structure is in place and the environment is perfect for educators and students to share their unique stories with state legislators regarding the importance of students having ongoing technology-enhanced learning experiences. Students are our best advocates!
On March 12th at Founders Brewery in Grand Rapids, MACUL partnered with Michigan Radio to host a discussion about the digital divide on the radio stations event series, Issues and Ale. Panelists on the show included MACUL President-Elect, Tammy Maginity of Pennfield Public Schools, Anne Thorpe, a 20-year veteran teacher and Director of REMC-7, and Kim Dabbs, Executive Director of the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology.
The discussion was a lively debate about how to get kids connected in all schools to the technology they will need to succeed in future careers. What advantages do students in technology-rich districts have over students in budget-constrained districts that struggle to keep even the basic access to computers available to students? What resources are districts and community organizations providing to low income families that can’t afford a computer or smartphone? How do you close the gap in the digital divide to make sure every student graduates high school being digitally literate and ready for the technology demands of college or the workplace? Please take the time to listen to this important discussion, hosted by Dustin Dwyer from Michigan Radio’s State of Opportunity project.