B'ville: Hands-on learning with technology

As 21st Century learners, seventh-graders at Ray Middle School are building their technology skills with hands-on activities in the TechYES program.

The technology course isn't just focused on computers. Students are also learning about Internet safety and ethics, how to use digital cameras, scanners and camcorders as well as how to build a web site, create a podcast and create a movie. A low hum of voices recently filled the TechYES classroom as students recorded narration for podcasts on Internet safety and ethics.

Ray Middle School is the first middle school in Onondaga County to offer the national program to its students.

The 10-week course is project based, and by the end of the marking period, seventh-graders will have completed two projects that demonstrate the effective use of technology. Students will receive TechYES certification, indicating that they've fulfilled the program's requirements, are technology literate, and know how to utilize the technology skills that are necessary for all 21st century learners.

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