Saturday, March 23, 2013

HMS Visitors Learn About Technology

Mike Arsenault, HMS Technology Coordinator, shared the following description of a recent visit to HMS from a group of fellow educators:

As an Apple Distinguished School visitors come to HMS to observe, and ask questions about our successful laptop program. These visitors come from the United States, and around the world. On Thursday, 3/21, HMS hosted a group of Swedish educators.
Our visitors spent time with the 7th Grade Team for a question and answer period about teaching and learning in a "one to one" environment. Our guests then met with a group of 7th and 8th grade students for a "speed geeking" session.
Seventh grade teachers Morgan Cuthbert, Amanda Blaine, Mark McDonough, and Mike Hagerty meet with visitors from Sweden.
During this session each student discussed a recent project with a visitor for a few minutes. At the end of the discussion the visitors rotated around the room to talk with other students in order to get a good sampling of the type of work being created at HMS. Participating students were selected by their teachers for their quality work on specific projects utilizing their laptops. The visitors were tremendously impressed with the students' ability to articulate how the laptop enhances their learning.

I'm thankful that our students have the opportunity to share their learning in this way; they did a fine job representing HMS.

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