Automotive students at South Johnston High School including Josh Lassiter disassembled a 1994 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck. The students rebuilt the truck, mounting all of the custom built accessories and making the wiring harness and fuel system compatible to the neweco-friendly tractor biodiesel engine.. The students displayed the truck at Johnston County School Systems' annual Technology Showcase.
Johnston County Schools hosted its annual Technology Showcase Oct. 30 at Johnston Community College.
Each of Johnston County’s 44 schools had a chance to showcase new teaching and learning advancements. The showcase had more than 250 participants, according to Tracey Peedin Jones, spokeswoman for Johnston County Schools.
Jones said a wide variety of technology-oriented lessons and activities were highlighted during the event. First and second grades students from Riverwood Elementary worked together on a research and multimedia project titled “Animals A-Z.” First grade students used Pixie 2 software to digitally create selected animals and habitats. Second grade students used “National Geographic Kids” to reference text, video, photographs, maps, and sound bytes. Jones said the kids combined these pieces with a voiceover, which resulted in a highly engaging multimedia product.
Selma Elementary’s dual language students acted as travel agents who took clients on Google’s Virtual Tours exploring the home countries of the school’s visiting international faculty members. Google also proved an excellent learning tool at West Johnston High School where students explored the Gilded Age as well as World War I using Google Maps to embed video, text, images, and sound and created a quality product which “exemplified content mastery,” Jones said.
Cleveland High School’s students used instructional technology outside the classroom by sharing their excitement about their own learning experiences through the flipped classroom concept. Smithfield Selma High students used FaceTime on student iPads to video conference with peers in Denmark.
To see all entries from the Technology Showcase, go to jcstechshowcase.weebly.com.