COLUMBIANA CO. Technology rules at school

Along with the three Rs, education includes a giant T.
COLUMBIANA -- Welcome to Crestview Elementary, where technology permeates every corner of learning.
Tonight during the school's annual technology night, pupils, teachers and staff will show more than 400 guests how they integrate technology into their learning.
"These kids have never known life without computers," said Susan Kershner, a teacher and the district's instructional technology coordinator.
For pupils and teachers alike, education includes three Rs and one giant T.
Keyboarding classes are taught in second through fourth grades, and by spring even kindergarten pupils can create a simple slide presentation and type a full sentence, Kershner said.
What they've done: Third-grader Casey Lower said her class used the Internet in a study of Ohio history. She researched Ohio inventors and astronauts and learned that loss of habitat is the reason bobcats migrated from Ohio.
Third-graders David McKenzie and Logan Cope were among a group of eight pupils who studied human and animal communication with guidance counselor Kathy Salvner. They researched animals on the Internet and created a slide presentation on semaphore flags.
Fourth-grade teacher Jayla Leetch and Shari Clark, who teaches 11th grade English at Crestview High School, collaborated on a career skills project. Fourth-graders work with 11th-grade e-mail pen pals to learn about various careers and how to write r & eacute;sum & eacute;s and prepare for a job interview.
Music teacher Joe McKim said technology has "totally changed the way I do things."
McKim uses a computerized piano keyboard to customize soundtracks of musical scores. He begins by recording a simple piano melody, then adds brass, wind and string harmonies. He then records the music onto a computer disc for playback later.
Using this method he created a soundtrack for the third-grade musical on Davy Crockett from an out-of print score of the popular Disney song.
In physical education, too: Tanja Simione uses computers in physical education classes to demonstrate skills and chart pupils' progress. She hopes to have computers in her office soon so pupils don't have to leave the gym for access to computers.
Simione uses a computer program showing passing techniques in basketball to enhance her own instruction. Pupils can privately chart their progress in physical fitness by recording heart rates and other data on a computer file.
Simione is one of several teachers working on projects for practitioner's level certification through SchoolNet.
The teachers must devote a minimum of 45 hours of classroom and online instruction to develop and teach a unit that requires pupils to use word processing, e-mail, the Internet and hypermedia such as the Powerpoint computerized slide presentation.
"Before this, to me technology in the classroom was a CD player, slides and an overhead projector," she said.

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