Computers for Kids hosts technology in education seminar on April 7 |

Computers for Kids hosts technology in education seminar on April 7

Photo courtesy C4KGlenwood Springs student Valeria Ramos, age 7, installs the CPU in her computer as classmates and family members look on during a recent C4K Build Your Own session.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Glenwood Springs Elementary students and teachers are blogging.Fifth-graders at Crystal River Elementary in Carbondale have created an online learning community to use Web sites and interactive tools to publish their ideas and collaborate on projects.Students from Roaring Fork, Glenwood Springs and Yampah Mountain high schools are teaching younger kids how to build their own desktop computers.School building coordinators are revamping technology plans for teachers and kids.These are some of the avenues that local schools, teachers and the Computers for Kids Foundation (C4K) are taking to utilize modern technology in support of learning. Much of that inspiration came as the result of last year’s Technology in Education Seminar hosted by the local C4K and presented by internationally known technology-in-education guru Alan November, according to the Roaring Fork School District Re-1.November will return to the Roaring Fork Valley for C4K’s second annual Technology in Education Seminar titled “Making Learning Irresistible,” scheduled for April 7 at Roaring Fork High School. Regional educators, librarians, graduate students, parents and community members are invited to attend. The seminar also will recognize the local technology director, principal, students and teacher of the year.C4K Executive Director Kirsten McDaniel said November helped inspire the foundation’s growing Partnering for Success program, including the flourishing first product called Build Your Own. About 45 area children have built their own desktop computers for $30 through C4K Saturday sessions. The next two sessions, led by local high school students, already are sold out, McDaniel said.”What Alan November is all about is providing kids authentic learning experiences for kids of all ages, and that’s what Partnering for Success is, an authentic learning experience that we can bring to the schools,” McDaniel said.Other Partnering for Success projects include students working with the county library system to try to increase adolescent patron visits or studying marketing and business logistics for valley companies.”It’s a new and innovative program that we have started in the valley, and Roaring Fork School District leaders have really embraced it,” said McDaniel, who earned a master’s degree in business administration and has a background as an industrial chemical engineer. “What the kids do is actually take a problem from the community, either in nonprofit organizations or businesses, and C4K provides the expertise and mentors to facilitate the team as they problem solve.””It’s really motivating for the kids because it’s real, and they are actually doing work for businesses in the community,” McDaniel said. “So someone is counting on them to solve a problem and produce high-quality work.”C4K organizers hope the April 7 “Making Learning Irresistible” seminar will inspire more great technology learning ideas in the valley. To register for or learn more about the seminar, call C4K at 963-7259 or visit Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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