AVOCA DISTRICT 37
Avoca West Elementary School in Glenview is among approximately 80 schools statewide that will have student representatives participating in the annual TECH 2011 Students for the Information Age event from 1-3 p.m. May 5 at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield.
TECH 2011 is a non-profit initiative presented by Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) and is supported by a broad range of education and business organizations. The purpose of TECH 2011 is to show how Illinois is preparing students to succeed in the Information Age. The importance of this event lies in making the public aware of the central role technology has come to play in our schools and generating support for its adequate funding. Without the understanding and support of the public and the legislature, adequate public funding for education technology is hard to come by, and, without it, Illinois cannot remain competitive in the global economy.
Students from the participating schools will be on hand to show the public and elected members of the Illinois State Senate and the House of Representatives how technology is being used in classrooms to improve achievement. Computer workstations will be set up in the Capitol Building Rotunda, where the students will demonstrate how technology has helped them with their schoolwork.
Taking part in the demonstrations are Avoca West Elementary School fourth grade students Keara Bellino, of Glenview, and Cameron Rowe, of Wilmette. They will be accompanied to Springfield by Avoca West Elementary School technology facilitators Kim Zimmer and Beth Haugeberg. Bellino and Rowe will be demonstrating how they use blogs in school to learn editing skills, publish their work to a larger audience, reflect on their schoolwork and use commenting to share ideas and feedback with the other students.
Avoca West Elementary School, 235 Beech Drive, Glenview, is a kindergarten-fifth grade elementary school, with an enrollment of 399 students. The school is located in Avoca School District #37, which serves students from the communities of Wilmette, Glenview, Northfield, and Winnetka.