From left, Jefferson Middle School eighth graders Safa Alzubaidi, Sara Linsdeau, Naomi Solomon and Nathaniel Sharp all attended the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning Student Technology Showcase at the state Capitol Dec. 4.

From left, Jefferson Middle School eighth graders Safa Alzubaidi, Sara Linsdeau, Naomi Solomon and Nathaniel Sharp all attended the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning Student Technology Showcase at the state Capitol Dec. 4.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske


Taking technology to the Capitol

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published December 10, 2019

 Solomon pulls up the website she has created for the work she has made in Robert Schneider’s classes.

Solomon pulls up the website she has created for the work she has made in Robert Schneider’s classes.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske

 Pictured is Solomon’s website portfolio.

Pictured is Solomon’s website portfolio.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — For the past decade, Jefferson Middle School technology teacher Robert Schneider has been driving to the state Capitol with some of his students.

“It gives them confidence to see that the things they’re creating have an impact and are something to be proud of,” he said.

The Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning, or MACUL, Student Technology Showcase is an annual event at the state Capitol that gives lawmakers, business leaders and citizens a chance to see how technology is used in classrooms across Michigan.

Schneider said that it’s a way for his middle school students in Lakeview Public Schools to see how hard work can pay off. Out of nearly 200 students, Schneider selects four to attend each year.

The students he chose to accompany him to the event Dec. 4 have taken classes with him for two years to learn web design and Photoshop. In the classes, the students begin making an online portfolio that they can access anywhere and can continue to use into high school and beyond. It was these portfolios that the four Jefferson Middle School students exhibited at the MACUL Student Technology Showcase.

“It’s important to spark an interest in technology,” Schneider said. “These are skills they can use to turn around and get a job.”

Eighth grader Naomi Solomon said that they got to see a lot of different types of projects at the showcase, from robots to online projects and coding games. Three other eighth graders were also chosen to go to the showcase: Sara Linsdeau, Safa Alzubaidi and Nathaniel Sharp.

“It was fun to show people your stuff,” Sharp said.

Alzubaidi said she was interested in the other projects at the showcase, as well.

“Little kids are able to do these cool things,” she said.

Schneider said that he chooses students who work hard and are dedicated.

“Kids that want to do this stuff. Kids who challenge themselves,” he said.

He said that state Rep. Kevin Hertel, D-St. Clair Shores, and state Sen. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, met with the students at the showcase.

Over the two years with Schneider, Linsdeau said that they’ve learned a lot of different skills.

“We learned how to add filters to the picture, (how to add and take something out of the photo) to make it look like it’s supposed to be there,” she said.

The showcase is sponsored by the AT&T Foundation and MACUL.

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