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Students enrolled in this summer’s Soaring Eagle Digital Media Academy use an iPad to solve a problem and advance to their next task.
Monday, August 12, 2013
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
The technology department of Franklin County public schools sponsored technology camps for students this summer.
Students met at the Gereau Center daily for a week to attend the "Soaring Eagle Digital Media Academy," as the camps were called.
The academy focused on technology of all types, including digital media, web tools, digital storytelling, virtual world software, and creating infomercials and computer animations.
A second week of camp featured "The Amazing Race," which required campers to collaborate in teams to solve a total of 12 problems during the week.
During the week of July 22-25, students used many different types of technology to compete in the race.
"We had a great week at camp," said camp organizer Jessica Wilson. "Students raced through sets of challenges that used technology as a tool and a means of problem solving."
As students transitioned from one race to another, technology of all types was used as ways to solve problems.
GPS and Skype sessions were utilized by students to help them find clues to their next task.
"Once students reached their next task, they worked diligently with their teams to complete the task," said Wilson.
Skills in technology, problem solving and collaboration were required to succeed in the elaborate group project, Wilson added.
Soaring Eagle Digital Media Academy is part of Franklin County public schools' annual summer technology enrichment programs.
Past programs included TechKnowledge College and Crime Scene Investigation workshops.
The camps are free to students, but parents must provide transportation.
In addition to the summer programs, all students in Franklin County schools are trained in computer technology as part of the regular curriculum during the school year. Students are tested on their technology skills as part of the state's Standards of Learning tests.