QND Participated in Annual Tech 2014 in Springfield


Quincy Notre Dame High School in Quincy, Ill., is among approximately 60 schools statewide that participated in the annual TECH 2014 Students for the Information Age event on Thursday, May 8 at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield.
From 1:00-3:00 p.m., students showed the public and elected members of the Illinois State Senate and the House of Representatives how technology is being used in the classroom to improve student achievement. Computer workstations were set up in the Capitol Building Rotunda so students could show how technology has helped them with their schoolwork.

Taking part in the demonstrations were Diane Kasparie and Keith Wiemelt, QND teachers, Emily Goerlich, QND freshman and Rachel Becker, QND sophomore. The title of QND’s demonstration was 1:1 Classroom — The Walls Come Down. At QND, students use the iPad to take control of their own learning. Based on Common Core Standards and other state and national standards, students investigate, write, collaborate, explore and organize their learning. Learning is no longer limited by what is within the walls of the classroom.

The purpose of TECH 2014 is to raise awareness of the critical role technology plays in preparing students to succeed in today’s world, and to show the need for increased funding for classroom technology. Students will demonstrate for lawmakers and the public the creative ways technology is being used to enhance and accelerate student achievement in Illinois schools today. The importance of this event lies in making the public aware of the central role technology has come to play in our schools and generating support for its adequate funding.

Entering the job force without a strong foundation in information-age technology is not an option for today’s high school and college graduates. Understanding computers and related tools is a requirement, even for entry-level jobs, and computer literacy is essential for further education and advancement in almost every academic sphere. From the elementary to the high school level, technology expands the walls of the traditional classroom, bringing in people and events from all over the globe. Technology captures and holds the attention of this generation of learners far better than textbooks alone. Classroom technology allows for more individualized instruction as teachers move from the traditional “sage on the stage” role to becoming “guides on the side,” providing students the tools they need to become more active in managing their own learning.

TECH 2014 is a not-for-profit initiative presented by Illinois Computing Educators (ICE), and is supported by a broad range of education and business organizations. Corporate Platinum Plus partners are Comcast and CDW-G.
Without the understanding and support of the public and the legislature, adequate public funding for education technology is hard to come by and, without it, Illinois cannot remain competitive in the global economy. Quincy Notre Dame High School is pleased to support and be a part of Tech 2014: Students for the Information Age.

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