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DISTRICT CIO

By Ariana Fine

TECHNOLOGY FROM THE CIO PERSPECTIVE

Biotech pathways
Atomic absorption spectrometers. Electroporators. Nano-injectors. Micro-manipulators. These high-tech tools are not
normally found in a high school science
class. Yet, in Georgia, students in Paulding County High School's biotechnology
career pathway program use these and
other advanced equipment to analyze
chemical elements, transform organisms
and much more as part of their projectbased research classes.
What also makes high-tech, personalized learning unique for nearly 35 juniors
and seniors in the magnet program is
the limited amount of screen time on
computers and mobile devices, says Marc
Pedersen, a former wildlife biologist who
is the lead science teacher for the high
school's Academy of Science, Research
and Medicine.
About 60 ninth-graders accepted into
the magnet program take three introduc-

tory classes in health care and biotechnology. They then transition to independent
studies modeled after the graduate-level
research programs in higher ed. Students
are not only expected to complete an
individual research project, but they
must also participate in a science fair and
submit their projects to the peer-reviewed
Journal of Emerging Investigators. Because
research requires funding, Pedersen also
teaches students how to apply for grants
and how to reach out to professional
scientists for supply donations.
Most projects focus on health,
agriculture and environmental science.
One student, for example, studied the environmental damage done to the genes of
coral in a saltwater tank. Other students
researched better detection of osteoarthritis in boxer dogs, more cost-efficient ways
of producing biofuels and reducing the
effects of pesticide on honey bees.

Tech time

Technology can be used to accelerate language
development for ELLs, according to a recent study by
Bernadette Musetti, associate professor of Liberal Studies
at Loyola Marymount University. In order to do so, learning
time should be divided into three areas:

12
Tasks that promote
language development
and content
area learning

3

9
Practice
developing and
using language
meaningfully

Gaining feedback
on language
production and
progress

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HANDS-ON TECH-Students at
Paulding County High School use
high-tech equipment in peer-reviewed
research projects as part of their
biotech learning pathway.

All research takes place in the high
school lab, but students have collaborated-via Skype and other platforms-
with research scientists at Kennesaw State
University, Sanford Health and other
institutions. "One university shipped us
a strain of bacteria that would have cost
us several hundred dollars but instead
was offered for free, and with guidance
on how to use the strains," Pedersen says.

AR supports special needs
The Valley Day School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania,
a special education school, has introduced augmented
reality to enhance students' social asset and science
curriculum learning as well as to offset high frustration
levels and emotional outbursts.
When the school's computer lab was updated in 2017,
included were prepared lessons that can be tailored to
individual technology or literacy issues.
"Each of our ten classes has two experiences every two
weeks in the 13-station computer lab," says Ron Hall,
Valley Day's education director. "The first 50-minute
session involves acclimating to the technology side of
the activity, and the second one, led by the class teacher,
explores the actual lesson concepts." With hundreds of
lessons available, students explore subjects from plants
and photosynthesis to classifications of animals.
An inch thicker than a normal monitor, each station
also includes an interactive stylus pen and 3D glasses. Students feel vibrations through the stylus, such as programinduced crashes and bumps, providing a kinesthetic and
tactile aspect to learning. Being able to control and manipulate keeps curiosity levels up and boosts engagement.
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