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Joyce Burns spent weeks
teaching Egg Harbor Township Intermediate School fifth-graders to use
Power Point, Excel and Publisher.
Next she wanted them to do a real-life project using those
programs. She chose something close to her
STUDENTS TASTE HIGH-TECH
VICTORY / TEACHERS, STUDENTS WIN TECHNOLOGY CONTEST WITH NUTRITION
PROJECT WUSING POWER POINT
DIANE D'AMICO Education Writer, (609) 272-7241
"Eating right really doesn't
get all the attention it should," she said. "And I don't want
my students to become computer potatoes."
Burns' students made posters about good nutrition to hang
in school. They researched healthy recipes and created their own
cookbooks. They held a food tasting of unusual fruits and vegetables,
including brussel sprouts and kiwi, rated them and tracked them
on a spreadsheet.
"I'd never had radishes or kiwi, but I liked them," Branden White
Laura Stanhope thought radishes were "weird."
Burns' project, "Good Nutrition Webquest" was recently recognized
by the Southern Regional Educational Technology Training Center
with the grand prize in its annual "Technology in the Classroom"
ETTC Director Anu Vedantham said the judges were impressed by all
the different programs Burns' students used, and her use
of technology to teach about health.
"It was very clear that the students ran the project and
Burns acted only as a facilitator," Vedantham said.
She said the projects have become increasingly sophisticated since
the contest began six years ago.
"The children are so much more advanced," she said. "They're using
Publisher in first grade."
Six other projects won in different age groups.
* First place, pre-K to second grade:
Teachers: Teri Gragg and Maureen Baldwin, Brigantine Elementary
Project: "My Arctic Adopted Animal"
First-graders drew pictures of Arctic animals, which were transferred
onto soft pillows. The students wrote short stories about
their animals as part of a larger lesson on the Arctic.
"This is the first time we saw Publisher being used with this young
an age group," Vedantham said.
* First place, grades three to five, long-term project:
Teacher: Karen Antunes, Brigantine North Middle School
Project: "Box of Chocolates - Math is Sweet"
Antunes' students made small chocolates of clay, and then
pasted fraction problems on the bottom. The problems tied into a
Power Point computer program on which the students solved
the problems. If they were wrong, the program prompted them through
a lesson on fractions to get the right answer.
"The students learned math, there are problems at all levels
- and it was nice to see an attractive package that taught fractions,"
* First place, grades three to five, Short-term project:
Teacher: Kathy Fox, Brigantine North Middle School
Project: "Grandparents R Great"
Students designed Web pages to honor their grandparents.
They wrote essays and poems, did templates with storyboards and
added photos. They also did a self-assessment on their work.
* First place, grades six through eight, long-term project:
Teacher: Sherry Liepe, Attales School, Absecon
Project: WWII Living History Project
Students interviewed World War II veterans, wrote their stories
and posted them on a Web site that is linked to the school Web site
* First place, grades six through eight, short-term project:
Teacher: Carla Hockenberry, Davies Middle School, Hamilton Township
Project: Using Nets in Geometry
How would you spend $1 million? Hockenberry's students planned
elaborate vacations, trotted the globe, built a school, started
a border collie rescue farm and developed programs for the Palestinian
Orphan Care Society. They tracked their plans and expenses on a
* First place, grades nine through 12, long-term project:
Teacher: Monica Masi, Atlantic County Vocational Technical School
Project: Marketing and Promoting Business
Students researched, designed and built a CD-Rom promoting
All of the winning entries will be posted on the ETTC Web site at
To e-mail Diane D'Amico at The Press: DDamico@pressofac.com
Illustration:(1) Egg Harbor Township fifth-graders display
posters on good nutrition that
they made using Power Point, Excel and
Publisher. Their teacher Joyce Burns
earned recognition for creating
the project. Staff color photo(s) by Ben
Elementary School art teacher Teri Gragg, first-grader Jack
and computer teacher Maureen Baldwin work on their Arctic
project, in which students used Publisher. Staff color
photo(s) by Vernon
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