York Township Elementary third- graders, from left, Ella Bernstein, Caroline Wentz, Trevor Myers and Eli Pison attended the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference at the Hershey Convention Center & Lodge, presenting how their class is utilizing technology.
By BETH INKROTE
Secretary, Community and Public Relations Secretary,
Dallastown Area Educational Foundation
York Township Elementary students Caroline Wentz, Ella Bernstein, Trevor Myers, and Eli Pison attended the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE & C) at the Hershey Convention Center & Lodge. Accompanied by K-3 Building Technology Instructor, Cathryn Marsala, and classroom teacher, Brian Smith, the students presented how their third grade class is utilizing Moodle, an online learning platform, and Web sites such as Shelfari, to enhance their learning.
They spoke about how they use discussion forums to share the books they read and chat rooms to synchronously discuss what they are learning while reading texts or watching videos. Students were most excited about viewing the STEM project where middle school students created robots, and the elementary schools that presented their broadcasting projects.
They also had the opportunity to walk around the vendors exhibition and tried out the latest technologies available, such as the new SMARTboard that allows more than one student to work at a time and the new Augmented learning program, Letters Alive, which is a great tool for kindergarten students to learn about letters, words, and sentence construction in 3-D.