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Title: A School Technology Fair: SCMSA MiniGrant Recipient

A School Technology FairSCMSA Mini-Grant
  • Catherine L. Nelson
  • Media Specialist
  • New Ellenton Middle School
  • New Ellenton, SC
  • Aiken Area 5

The Idea
  • EdTech 1999
  • Low Country Instructional Technology Conference
    (LITC) 2000
  • Hampton Elementary School

Grant Writing
  • Simple, easy format
  • EIA
  • A little more detailed, but the idea was there
  • Jordan Fundamentals
  • Applied the same information
  • Awarded a total of 5000

Planning Implementation
  • Timeline
  • Talked with English/Language Arts Teachers about
    the student presentations, demonstrated that
    students would be addressing SC Standards for
    English/Language Arts
  • Writing
  • Public speaking
  • Last week of January, visited English/Language
    Arts classes
  • Got volunteers for all the sessions to be
    included in the Technology Fair

Include Arts Programs!
  • Music Program
  • Invited band teacher to present a band ensemble
    (because those band parents come support the
    band students at everything!)
  • Art Program
  • Invited the art classes to create a program cover
    and art work to be used in the progam guide.
  • Made it a contest where the student body voted
    for the artwork on the cover

Getting Students to Volunteer
  • Bribery!
  • Students were assured of Extra Credit!
  • Four Homework Passes to be used in any class for
    showing up and being a part of a Session
  • Any parent who attended a session would receive a
    Homework Pass for their child.
  • The potential for these students to receive a
    bunch of homework passes was the biggest selling

Homework Pass
Sessions Offered
Preparing the Students
  • Arranged for time to work with the groups
  • Tuesdays Thursday 3 weeks before the week of
    the Technology Fair
  • Met with groups in the media center during one of
    their English Language Arts Classes (prescheduled
    with teacher)
  • Provided outlines for sessions Students did
    Writing, Public Speaking
  • Students wrote out scripts, rehearsed, and took
    turns presenting in preparation.

Program Plan
  • Supper 500 600
  • Offered to all student-presenters, band members,
    and faculty staff attending
  • Program from 600 800
  • 600 635 Welcome, Band Ensemble, Directions
    for Attending Sessions
  • 635 650 Session I
  • 655 710 Session II
  • 715 735 Session III
  • 740 800 Session IV

One day before
  • Selected groups to present
  • Some sessions had several groups preparing a
    presentation, so we had to have auditions to
    see which group would get the presentation.
  • Drove around Aiken getting the loaned computer

The day of.
  • Delivered equipment to classrooms being used.
  • Hung signs on doors, both inside and out.
  • Ensured that appropriate tables, etc. were
  • Immediately after school, set up classrooms for
  • Ensured equipment was in working order.

Lets preview the evenings events!
  • On February 21, 2001, New Ellenton Middle
    School sponsored a Technology Fair presented by
    students for the parents, students, and community
    members of New Ellenton.

  • At 500, all student-presenters, band members,
    and faculty gathered for a delightful catered
    supper. Promptly at 600, the New Ellenton
    Middle School Band Program provided a sampling of
    music selections played by an ensemble made-up of
    6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. The band
    ensemble and student-presenters volunteered to
    play or present Technology Sessions for the
    evenings events.

Technology Fair Program
  • Supper 500
  • Welcome by Mrs. Sheneque Jackson, Principal
  • New Ellenton Middle School Band Ensemble
  • Introduction of Technology Fair by Cathy Nelson,
    Media Specialist
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Session I 635 650
  • Session II 655 710
  • Session III 715-7 35
  • Session IV 740 800
  • Parents were instructed to use their program
    descriptions to select four different sessions to

  • To keep an accurate count of parents attending
    sessions, each session had sign-in sheets located
    outside the doors.

Accelerated Reader
In this session, seventh grade students Casey
Jones, Lauren Dyer, and Griselda Lopez read 2
short, easy Accelerated Reader titles, The Kings
Shadow and Ira Sleeps Over, and then walked
parents through the process of taking an
Accelerated Reader Test.
6th graders Ashley Lee, Courtney Boyd, Jessica
Moore, and 8th grader Tara Beam take turns
demonstrating some of the mathematical uses of
Excel. They particularly highlighted making
professional looking graphs, such as the ones
displayed in the hallway.
Some Graphing Projects!
Power Point
  • 8th grader David Hepner demonstrates using the
    computer as 7th grader Coly Parrott tells his
    sessions audience how to create a slide show
    from scratch.

NEMS Web Page
  • 8th graders Tiara Johnson, Ebony Turner, Octavia
    Corbitt, Jameka Jackson use a laptop and
    projector to preview for our parents the New
    Ellenton Middle School Web Page. They highlighted
    some favorite parts of our school site, such as
    the media center web page, the homework guide,
    the faculty staff page (that includes email
    links) and our principals page.

  • 6th graders Joshua Martin, Dustin Hornsby, Drew
    Allen, and (hiding behind the workstation)
    Brandon Wall present the DISCUS Resources located
    on our schools media center web page. The
    resources are a virtual library available for
    free to all South Carolina Citizens!

  • 8th graders DeAndra McDuffie, Denecia McLeod,
    Jade Nealious, and Mandy Stevens preview SCOIS, a
    network program used in the Career Education

South Carolina Occupational Information System
  • 8th graders Iris Millan and David Huffman
    demonstrate in a hands-on session how to use
    the TI-73 (Graphing) Calculators!

Digital Camera
  • 8th graders Rebecca Noel, Ashley Stowell,
    Jennifer Boyd, Cody Temple presented the
    digital camera and its many uses in the
    classroom. To make their session first-class,
    they used the V-Tel equipment (video cameras and
    television equipment) to make a very informative

  • Victoria Youngblood Amanda Nimmons, 6th
    graders, demonstrate how to use the electronic
    globe to learn and reinforce geography skills.

  • 6th graders Ray Waide, Lawton Eaves, Joe Morris,
    and Luke Key play a challenging game from an
    assortment of subjects under the guidance of 8th
    grader Myron Gary in this demonstration style
    presentation of the electronic game GeoSafari.

  • 8th graders Caleb Carter, Chris Canady, Ricky
    Burckhalter, and Ben Lynn answer questions about
    using Netscape at the end of their presentation.

Tips to plan your own.
  • Create a Committee
  • Assign (delegate) responsibilities
  • Recruit help from your district technicians
  • Arrange for other technical support people to be
    available to assist in sessions

Special Thanks!
  • English/ Language Arts Teachers
  • Allowing students to use class time for
  • Faculty Staff
  • Allowing students to use the homework passes
    providing extra credit to students for their
    voluntary work coming and assisting with
    supervision the night of the fair.
  • Robert Saari, Aiken Area 5 Technology Specialist
  • Working overtime (unpaid) setting up equipment on
    the day of our Technology Fair
  • Dal Stanley, Aiken County Technology Coordinator
  • Providing laptops and extra long network cabling
    for presentations

The End
Good Luck!
Questions? Contact Cathy Nelson New Ellenton
Middle School 814 S. Main St. New Ellenton, SC
29809 Telephone 803-652-8200 Fax
803-652-8203 Email cnelson_at_aiken.k12.sc.us
See you next year!
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