Haslett teachers demonstrate the advantage of technology in the classroom

 

When Christopher Luea, a middle school Spanish and robotics instructor, teaches a lesson, a robotic device, called a SWIVL, records him while rotating to follow his movements. “Our Spanish language instructional theory is based heavily on comprehensible input and focused immersion,” he said. “Therefore, when students are absent or would do well to revisit lessons, these recordings offer a high-quality audio and video recording for them.”

During a Haslett School Board Meeting on Nov. 12, teachers from Haslett Middle School and Haslett High School showcased how they are incorporating modern technology into the classroom. Chelsea Pennington, a high school math teacher, records her algebra outlines using a different kind of device.

One teen’s passion for developing apps

Hussein El Feky first became interested in programming when he was 13. What started out as a passion for building things, ended up developing into a love for program and application building. “At that point, I only learned a lot of basic concepts from random articles on the internet,” he said. Two years later, El Feky, of Cairo, Egypt, caught “the programming bug” and started getting serious about building phone apps, specifically for Android. “My first phone was an Android device, and I can easily say I fell in love with the operating system,” he said.

Grand Ledge Library undergoing renovations to help fit community needs

By Madison Morse
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter

After years of saving and carefully well-thought-out plans based on community needs, The Grand Ledge Area District Library will be undergoing a massive renovation to start this spring. “By very prudently saving we saved a percentage that was over our working capital that we needed for many, many years, said Grand Ledge Library Board of Trustees President Joan Kane. “Back in ’08 we tried to do this and had our same architect then realized we didn’t have enough money to do what we needed to do.”

“With the new renovation we will be pushing the entrance out. There will be an elevator that will go up to the club room which is the old 1931 building,” said Kane. “There will be a bathroom upstairs now, which there never has been.

State ups efforts to recruit for jobs in math, science

By JOSHUA BENDER
Capital News Service
LANSING — A shortage of qualified information technology workers is hurting Michigan businesses, experts say. Information technology – often referred to as IT – encompasses computer programming and data management in industries as diverse as health care and auto manufacturing, said Chris Knapp, the information technology and media talent director for the state’s Workforce Development Agency. “IT is embedded in just about every industry and every kind of company out there,” Knapp said. In March 2016 there were 15,000 online job advertisements for openings in Michigan requiring math and computer skills, according to the Conference Board Help Wanted Online Database, a group collecting data on Internet job hunting statistics. These ads made up nearly a tenth of all online jobs ads for the state.

Schools switch to electronic report cards

By Tori Zackery
Entirely East Lansing

The East Lansing Public Schools district is beginning the use of an electronic school messenger to deliver important documents, such as report cards. The communication system was created in an effort to improve the exchange of news between parents and faculty and is available for free download in the iTunes app store. Its development was discussed at the district’s school board meeting on Monday, March 28. It was revealed that this past marking period, the messenger was used to distribute electronic report cards for elementary and secondary school students. “Now that we’ve kind of passed this hurdle, we’re looking at other things we can send out that same way,” said Director of Technology & Media Services Christian Palasty.

Vocational, technical programs draw more student interest

By STEPHANIE HERNANDEZ McGAVIN
Capital News Service
LANSING — The education pendulum that directed so many students toward college degrees is swinging the other way, education experts say, now pointing students more toward skilled trade training as well as college. The push for young students to attend college, which negatively affected those who weren’t interested in it, went too far during former Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s administration, said Steven Cook, president of the Michigan Education Association (MEA). The MEA is the state’s largest union of teachers and other school employees. Vocational and technical programs eliminated due to lack of funding and interest by local administrators and school boards were important for students, Cook said. “The need is still there — it’s probably bigger now than it was before,” Cook said.

Clinton County departments upgrade technology to become more efficient

By Katie Winkler
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

Various departments within Clinton County are in the process of upgrading technology and equipment to help provide better public service to residents and to become more efficient. “Each department is evaluated independently — the levels of technology vary from department to department,” County Administrator Ryan Wood said. “Funding decisions are made based on funding, long-term benefits, general office efficiency.”

Among these departments is the county sheriff’s office, which will be upgrading their in-car cameras, ticket printers, inmate classification system and mobile data systems.

All initiatives will go into effect in 2016. Before the station received the ticket printers years ago, tickets were hand-written. With the mobile data systems, which are essentially laptops, inside police cars, they are now able to have all information automatically recorded by swiping licenses.

St. Johns Public Schools is integrating technology into the classroom

By Meghan Callan
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

ST. JOHNS — Technology is transforming the way teaching and learning is taking place in the educational system of St. Johns Public Schools. According to Curriculum Coordinator of St.Johns Public Schools Jason Gnegy, currently within the school system there are different forms of student devices and different levels of quantity based on those levels. “At our high school we have Dell laptops mixed with Chromebooks.

ITEC aims to brighten kids’ futures

By Haywood Liggett
Listen Up, Lansing Staff Reporter

A local non-profit organization is working to empower children in the areas of science, math, and technology (STEM). The Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) has been helping youth (ages 7-14) improve their performance in STEM subjects over the past half-decade. Their mission is to prepare Lansing-area students to participate in a global knowledge economy. Through innovative after school and summer programs, ITEC works to advance ability in these subjects as well as robotics and digital media. Employing Michigan State University education students, ITEC attempts to provide familiar faces for kids that may not receive a high volume of STEM education in their schools.

Teachers see need for more computer courses

By AMELIA HAVANEC
Capital News Service
LANSING –There’s no doubt: a computer science career can be a lucrative one. Just last year, 248 new technology companies cropped up throughout Michigan, amassing $770 million in private investment, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corp. Check Michigan’s job boards and you’ll find more than 15,000 openings looking for a set of computing skills. Not all of those jobs belong to technology companies. In fact, more than half are found across various industries.