Cary School District 26 students share technology projects at Illinois Capitol

Event shows legislators how schools make use of classroom funding

Two teams of Cary School District 26 students participated in a Tech 2018 “Students for the Information Age” event, where, along with hundreds of students from across the state, they demonstrated uses of technology that enhanced their learning.

The purpose of the Tech 2018 event 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.

Gov. Bruce Rauner kicked off the event in Springfield, speaking about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math education at all grade levels.

He also shared his support for educators throughout the state.

At the Tech 2018 event, District 26 students presented their projects to the public and members of the state Senate and House of Representatives, including state Sen. Dan McConchie and Rep. David McSweeney.

Deer Path Elementary School students Ainsley Kemp, Andrew McGee, Liliana Vitullo and Jaxson Werner shared how they used iPads, laptops, Tinkercad design tools, 3D printing and Google Hangouts to collaboratively research, design and create an animal prosthetic to ensure survival for a selected animal.

Students also shared how they virtually connected with a veterinarian, who shared how innovative 3D printing improves the quality of life for her patients.

Three Oaks Elementary School students Mia Anderson, Sam Anderson, Ellie Mjaanes and Bryce Nordengren shared how they used iPads and Spheros to develop skills such as collaboration and problem-solving in an engaging and innovative way.

McSweeney showed the inner workings of the state government by providing a tour of the House of Representative chamber.

He also talked about his role in state government, the latest bills he has written and/or supported and how those bills would protect and benefit Illinois residents.

McSweeney also fielded questions from students and parents on the trip.

The instructional technology team at District 26 – led by Lynn Swanson-Williams – supports staff and students to strategically infuse technology into curriculum to deepen the understanding of content and to provide students the opportunity to develop the necessary life and career skills to be successful in the digital world.

Throughout the projects presented at Tech 2018, District 26 students strengthened problem-solving, collaboration and communication skills while deepening their understanding of the curriculum and meeting national writing and science standards.

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