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February 18, 2014

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MRH Technology Students Participate in METC Conference

In early February, Maplewood Richmond Heights, Brentwood, Ladue, and Francis Howell School Districts eNews Crews covered the Midwest Education Technology Conference. The METC conference features regional and national experts who introduce participants to the latest trends and best practices in the area of education technology. In addition, attendees have the opportunity to see examples of student-developed work, network and learn from colleagues, attend hands-on workshops and discover new and innovative ways to approach teaching and learning through technology use in the classroom.

METC is a three-day event that is held annually, this year they were stationed in St Charles, MO and over 2,000 educators from all across the country gathered together with a mission to learn about education and technology.

The METC eNews Crew Student Bureau consists of high school students from local districts and schools. They interview conference presenters and attendees through the duration of the conference for both video and written articles which are posted on the METC eNews website. In operation since 2012, the METC eNews Student Bureau brings students into a real-world experience comprised of interviews, trouble-shooting and reaching deadlines.

The students that were chosen to participate in this conference and to be included amongst the eNews team were students who were already a part of mobile journalism at MRH (where they cover various events and create videos to report the information to the student body as well as community members). Those students included:  

Isaiah Gray, 10
Dylan Boyer, 10
Emma Bright, 10
Noah Snyder, 11
Kiera Bolden, 11

“These five students were chosen because of their knowledge of technology, their reliable and trustworthy nature, their willingness to go the extra mile, and their desire to be part of the program,” said Dave Grossman, technology teacher/coordinator.

The goal for sending these students to this particular conference was for them to gain real life experience in this field. They were required to be assertive by catching people and interviewing them, they had to go forward and take initiative in order to gather information to put out five or six videos by the end of the conference. Each student in attendance learned information and techniques from the other students who participated from the different schools.  

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.