South Haven students display technology and history at the Capitol

LANSING—Sen. John Proos on Wednesday met with students from South Haven’s Baseline Middle School and North Shore Elementary School at the Capitol. The students were visiting the Michigan Capitol to display their technology projects as part of the Annual Student Technology Showcase put on by AT&T and the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning. 

“I was really impressed at what these students have been able to achieve and learn through these technology-based projects,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Programs that focus on career and technical education like this one are popping up all across our great state and more must be done to encourage all schools to offer these opportunities.”

Proos has sponsored Senate Bill 66, which would help more schools bring technology-based learning to classrooms and promote collaboration between schools, community leaders and job providers in order to incorporate career-based learning into the curriculum.

Baseline Middle School students were accompanied by teacher Julie Sheppard and showcased their award-winning work in the construction of projects for the Michigan History Day competition in June. The projects covered the areas of African American and Native American history and Titanic disaster. North Shore Elementary School presented their creative use of technology in their fifth-grade classroom with teacher Terri Wakild.

“We use the Edmodo website in our classroom every day,” said North Shore Elementary School student Tyler Remick. “We use it to complete math, history and writing assignments all of the time; right now we are working on an essay about our playground equipment.”

Proos spoke to students about their plans for further education or employment after high school and the role that technology will likely play in their careers and in their lives. 

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Editor’s Note: Audio comments by Sen. Proos are available on the senator’s website at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Podcasts.”

Print-quality photographs are also available on the senator’s website. Click on “Photowire.”