February 6, 2013
Wednesday, February 6, is National Digital Learning Day. Students all over the country are celebrating by tweeting, Skyping, blogging, and through all other technologies. Students at Monticello High School were interacting with other students from around the county right from their classroom.
Kenniece and Sean are juniors at Monticello High School and they never thought they would come to high school and have the equipment to create their own music mixes.
Kenniece Brown, Junior at Monticello High School, talked about the benefits of the music studio and said, "This is a nice way to express myself but I still have honor roll and good grades. I think the studio helps me with my problems and it keeps me still in class."
Wednesday, the two juniors shared their latest track with fifth graders from Broadus Wood Elementary School in Earlysville through Skype.
Sean Winkey, Junior at Monticello High School, said, "I was a little bit nervous at first but after I saw the feedback they were giving us. They were actually interested in what we had to say and they liked our music, they just calmed me down."
Using Skype in this way is a shining example of technology on this digital learning day. Video communication gives students an opportunity to teach other students and it gives teachers resources for things beyond their expertise.
Ida Mae Craddick, a Librarian at Monticello High School, said, "I use Skype frequently to help students where I don't have the expertise to help them. I don't know very much about chemistry. So, if I can use a service like this to hook a kid up with someone who is an expert in chemistry. That is fantastic. They also make that connection between what they are learning in high school and what their life can be after high school."
From Skype to music mixing, online finances to culinary art class blogs, technology can be found throughout the school and not just on National Digital Learning Day.