Students Featured at Statewide Conference

Weaverville Elementary School (WVES) students showed off their digital skills at a statewide conference the week of March 4, 2022.

Ten students, five in second grade and five in fourth grade, participated in virtual question and answer sessions during the North Carolina Technology in Education Society (NCTIES) Conference on Thursday. Attendees of the session “Active with Apple: Students Making Content Connections Digitally” heard how second graders used augmented reality to learn more about the sun and make a movie about their progress. Fourth graders shared a stop-motion video they made, using Apple products, that demonstrates a character with a “good heart.”

“The students are learning how to use digital tools to communicate ideas with others,” said WVES Media Center Coordinator Crystle Hyatt. “They collaborated in groups to complete their digital projects. Using stop-motion to convey a story that made it clear they understood what it means to have a ‘good heart,’ that was a challenge for the fourth graders. It was great to see how they worked together to problem solve this. Learning how to work with others and value everyone's ideas and talents was a great takeaway for the students.”

Principal Heidi Allison praised the students for bravely answering questions from across the state. She said she’s proud to be part of a school system that leads digital technology integration in the classroom.

“Technology leaders like Ms. Hyatt take classroom learning and give students new ways to be creative,” she said. “These skills will prepare students for their future in this digital world.”