Technology night attracts hundreds of participants

By: April Lehmbeck | Advertiser Times | Published March 25, 2015

 Student Kali Gaddie, 16, interviews Harper Woods Middle School student Darryl Rambus II, 14, on the Pioneer News set during the event.

Student Kali Gaddie, 16, interviews Harper Woods Middle School student Darryl Rambus II, 14, on the Pioneer News set during the event.

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Schools’ first technology open house at the Secondary Campus drew a big crowd of students, parents, community members and others who wanted to check out some of the high-tech educational programs that the district has integrated into its school buildings.

Harper Woods Schools Director of Academic Accountability & Student Services David Rabbideau called the March 13 open house a success that drew more than 300 people.

“We really had a great turnout,” he said. “(We’ve had) just a tremendous amount of learning, from the adults to the students.”

It’s not just the students learning. The students are teaching the adults, as well, he said.

At the open house, students broadcast live from the digital media lab. During the March 17 Board of Education meeting, students performed a live broadcast again from the digital media lab to the school board meeting chambers. The students came down to the meeting immediately following the broadcast to introduce themselves to the school board and audience.

“Everyone did a great, great job,” Superintendent Todd Biederwolf said.

The students also took their technology on the road. Students and teachers from the district were scheduled to make a presentation on “technology in a self-contained classroom” last week, after press time, at the Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning conference in Novi. The students and teachers planned to do a live broadcast from the conference.

The district has added a lot of technology in a relatively short time span, so it hasn’t yet realized the technology’s full potential, Rabbideau said.

“We haven’t been able to scratch the surface on what we’re able to do,” he said.

He credited instructional technology specialists Andy Hopkins and Silas Williams for “leading the charge.”

“We’re on the move in technology,” Rabbideau said. 

Board President Jill Quarker praised the open house.

“What a great showcase for the community,” she said.