Education Students’ Service Project Goes Tech
On Tuesday, February 28, a cohort of student teachers from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education capped off a service project that has been months in the making. As part of the School of Education’s partnership with the Greece Professional Development District, the Fisher students conducted a series of technology trainings at Buckman Heights Elementary School for fifth grade students.
Fifth grade students at Buckman all learned how to use programs including Prezi, Windows Moviemaker, and Photo Story in an effort to prepare them to present at their exhibition night in June, which is part of their International Baccalaureate Schools' curriculum.
According to Dr. Susan Hildenbrand, Assistant Professor in the School of Education, the fifth grade teachers at Buckman were interested in pushing their students to incorporate more advanced technology into their projects, and the Fisher student teachers stepped up to that challenge by volunteering their time and expertise.
“Part of the program for the Fisher student teachers in the Greece cohort is to provide service to the schools we partner with, and this was the perfect opportunity for this service to happen,” she said. “I am so proud of the initiative and leadership that the student teachers demonstrated throughout these trainings.”
Fisher student teacher Kristin Rice said she and her fellow classmates created step-by-step tutorials and trained close to 120 students how to use the programs.
“It was great practice for us because we got more experience in front of classrooms and had the opportunity to enrich the students’ technology knowledge. All of the students seemed very excited about the new presentation options which made it a very rewarding experience,” she said.
Elizabeth Armes, another student teacher, was one of the catalysts for the project after she sat in a meeting with the Buckman teachers and heard them discussing the need for this kind of education for their students.
“We received many compliments and a lot of positive feedback after the training. This experience helped me prepare for my own career by collaborating with professionals, demonstrating my knowledge of technology, and allowing the time to receive feedback and reflect,” said Armes. “I believe this is all part of teaching and part of what a great teacher should demonstrate in their everyday practice.”