NSBA visits, observes, experiences technology integrated curriculums

by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor

With the full integration of technology, the National School Board Association (NSBA) was invited to visit four District 214 schools on March 14 and 15 to observe how the schools use technology; WHS took this opportunity to premiere the plans for the future nanotechnology lab.

According to Erin DeLuga, associate principal, the overall visit will put WHS and the three other high schools, Elk Grove, Prospect and Buffalo Grove, on a national level.

“The visit will be able to highlight WHS and give it recognition to the technology department and across content areas.  It will be a great spotlight for WHS and D214,” Ms. DeLuga said.

The visit will focus on classes and programs involved in engineering, medicine, science and broadcasting.  Some of these programs and classes that will be introduced include AVID, Project Lead the Way, the nanotechnology lab and the medical classes and facility.

“My students will be working in groups in a collaborative learning model, in which they are working together in order to develop a mastery of fundamental problems involved with energy,” Dan Weidner, physics teacher said. “It’s a fairly normal day of teaching and learning, just with people there to observe and see what we are doing.”

Along with the school tour, the representatives will be greeted by Dr. Lazaro Lopez, principal, and Ms. DeLuga in the conference room as an introduction to what they will experience throughout the day.  There will also be a teacher and student panel sharing their experience with technology.

“I’m a bit nervous, but it’s cool just to have the opportunity,” Eric Ruttenberg, senior said.  “I’m discussing QUEST research, and I’m excited to see what actually happens and hope I can represent WHS well.”

Other students on the panel are Jack Ferguson and Consuelo Gonzalez, seniors, and Kathy Castrejon, Nick Gross and Haley Singer, juniors. Gross specifically spoke about joining the nanotechnology class next year.

The representatives held an overall conference in downtown Chicago along with the school visits.

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