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Schalmont students, staff tapped to present at Technology Awareness Day

Dec. 14, 2015

students present at Technology Awareness DaySchalmont students and teachers were among the 700 school leaders, educators and students representing more than 130 school districts from across upstate New York at the Northeastern Regional Information Center’s (NERIC) 27th Annual Regional Technology Awareness Day.

The event, which took place Dec. 11 in Albany was designed to allow school districts to share experiences and learn about the cutting-edge technologies that are transforming education.

“Technology Awareness Day is our signature yearly event and gives us a venue to shine a light on many of the emerging trends in educational technology,” said NERIC Director Dale Breault. “There are a vast array of tools that school leaders can tap into to transform learning in their classrooms.”

Schalmont digital literacy teacher Kacie Rea, along with students Nicholas Biski and Elaine Walthers, presented on the district’s digital literacy class, which educates all sixth graders on digital citizenship and the digital footprint they create.

“We talked about how the course is designed by combining project-based learning, common sense media curriculum, and technology,” Rea said. “The students discussed their experiences in the class and explained the projects we have worked on so far. They also talked about using Schoology to hand in assignments, take tests and quizzes, and see what we are doing in class daily.”

Joining in the presentation was ninth-grade social studies teacher Chase Campbell, along with students Sean McDuffee, Jenna Giombetti, and Gabby Bake, who spoke about the district’s new one-to-one Chromebook initiative, through which each Schalmont freshman was given a Chromebook for use throughout their high school career.

"My 9th grade students and I gave a short presentation on the impact at that one-to-one program has had on our learning and in my class specifically," Campbell said.  "We mentioned the inquiry model lessons and research projects we have undertaken together, as well as the benefits of the LMS Schoology. Students were also asked some tough questions about their use and preference with the Chromebooks, and they gave thoughtful, honest, and articulate responses."

Schalmont Superintendent Carol Pallas offered her praise not only to those who presented at NERIC but to the Schalmont staff and students as a whole for embracing technology as a tool for learning.

“Congratulations to our technology team of students and staff for their wonderful presentation at the NERIC conference,” Pallas said. “Schalmont is at and will continue to strive to be on the cutting edge in technology integration in instruction.”

“It was a good day for Schalmont and an opportunity to highlight a lot of work that has been done over the past three years to get us to this place,” added Schalmont’s Director of Curriculum and Director of Schalmont Teachers' Institute Bronson Knaggs. “We are already fielding inquiries from other districts. There are many people who can benefit from the work that we have done and are doing. We will keep moving forward.”

For more information at technology in the classrooms at Schalmont, click here.