KHS, McDole in tech demonstration

SPRINGFIELD—Kaneland High School and McDole Elementary School are among approximately two of 60 schools statewide that will participate in the annual TECH 2014 Students for the Information Age event on Thursday, May 8, at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield.

From 1 to 3 p.m., students will show the public and elected members of the Illinois State Senate and the House of Representatives how technology is being used in the classroom to improve student achievement. Computer workstations will be set up in the Capitol Building Rotunda so students may show how technology has helped them with their schoolwork.

Taking part in the demonstrations locally are KHS seniors Andrea Petrarca and Jackson Thomas, junior Alexander Ochoa, and teacher Beth Trafton. Representing McDole Elementary School will be teachers Anne Olsen and Cathy Lannert, and selected fourth- and fifth-grade students. Students will share how their knowledge of Google documents has enhanced their
learning to better prepare them for college and beyond, as well as innovative blogging ideas for writing.

The purpose of TECH 2014 is to raise awareness of the critical role technology plays in preparing students to succeed in today’s world, and to show the need for increased funding for classroom technology. Students will demonstrate for lawmakers and the public the creative ways technology is being used to enhance and accelerate student achievement in Illinois schools today.