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PHOTO: Rocky Point Student Named Finalist in Technology Contest

Student a finalist in Next Vista video contest.

Recognizing the importance of developing the skills to utilize the growing technological resources in today's world, a fifth-grade technology club was formed at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School last year and has grown in popularity ever since.

“Through the club, students are introduced to and explore advanced technologies, including student-friendly programming software, Web 2.0 tools and other emerging technologies,” said JAE technology integration specialist and club adviser Laurie Varriale. “The skills that they develop in the club have practical application across curricular areas and are most prevalent in their daily lives.”

Recently, the students created how-to videos for Next Vista’s Mountains of Creativity video contest. For this project, students instructed peers about a specific task and created a video using a variety of formats.

More than 150 submissions were made to the contest, and in mid-January, JAE
fifth-grader Kayla Smith was named a finalist. Leading up to the announcement of the contest winner, the entire club will have the chance to Skype with Next Vista founder Rushton Hurley to discuss their projects, gain tips for improving their work and talk about overall technological trends.

Additional projects will be put on display during the school’s annual art and technology show on May 9.

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