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High School Touts Tech On Friday

Putting laptops in classrooms.

Putting laptops in classrooms.

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Successes that Pottsgrove High School students and faculty members enjoy by leveraging technology tools to enhance their personal productivity will be on display Friday (May 15 2009) from noon to 3 p.m. in the high school library classroom, 1345 Kauffman Rd., as part of a “Flip The Switch” event to mark “Classrooms For The Future” (CFF) month in Pennsylvania.

CFF is a state Education Department initiative to boost the use of technology in the classroom and better prepare students for work. So far it has paid for laptop computers, electronic white boards, projectors, multimedia stations and printer and scanners used in core subjects like math, science, social studies and English.

Pottsgrove High’s technology team characterizes Flip The Switch as an activity that introduces CFF to the community, promotes how the school incorporates technology to engage students and promote 21st century skills, share lessons and projects designed to provide meaningful and relevant experiences for students, and showcase work created by students using technology provided through CFF.

The team includes Kristen Kozloski, district director of technology; Christopher Shaffer, high school principal; Krista Rundell, CFF coach; Jacque Kakareka, lead tech specialist; Tom Bannister and Maggie Scott, social studies teachers; Mary Launi, biology teacher; Greg Sproule and Tom Stock, English teachers; and Danielle Moore, librarian.

Rundell and Kakareka made a presentation on the CFF program Tuesday (May 12, 2009) to the Pottsgrove School District Board of School Directors.

During the 2008-2009 school year, schools in Pottsgrove and 451 other districts state-wide participated in CFF. A similar event was sponsored by Gov. Ed Rendell during Student Capitol Day (May 6, 2009) in Harrisburg.

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Middle school students at work on laptops in class.

Pottsgrove Middle School students at work on their laptops in class.

High school students aren’t the only ones putting technology to use. Pottsgrove Middle School Principal William Ziegler reports Philadelphia television station NBC10 visited the middle school last Thursday (May 7, 2009) to highlight its use of the laptops among teachers and students. Reporter Aditi Roy and a camera crew was scheduled to visit the co-teaching class of Marissa Bono and Deb Frasca, which was working on creating video.

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