puzzle.jpg21st Century Interactive Technology Showcase
Putting it All Together
Thursday, April 14, 2011
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Technology Showcase
Teachers from every school in the district participate in technology training designed by other Talladega County teachers and administrators. These teachers choose three students to help demonstrate how technology has impacted learning in their classroom at the April Showcase. These teachers and their students will demonstrate how they have used technology to learn. Sample lessons, projects, photos, and other artifacts help guests see what learning with technology is like in today’s classrooms in Talladega County.

Project Based Learning Showcase
Schools throughout Talladega County have embraced project based learning (PBL) – a systematic teaching method that engages students in learning through an extended inquiry process structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed products and tasks. Superior PBL projects will be on display at this year’s showcase. Students will be on hand to explain how the PBL process impacts their learning.

21st Century Learning Lab
Talladega County’s 21st Century Technology Initiative leaders and mentors will present a “Learning Lab” for guests and students at this year’s showcase. Students will assume the role of “teacher” in the learning lab, demonstrating and guiding others in the use of dozens of exciting web tools. The Learning Lab will be located under the tent in the very middle of the showcase floor.

Fitness Arcade
Does physical education have a role in a Technology Showcase? “Wii” believe the answer is YES! Learn more about how digital games are impacting wellness training and physical education. The Fitness Arcade will be located on the stage in the CHS Performing Arts and Sports Arena.

Presentation Competition
Students from each school will have an opportunity compete in a 21st competition focused on presentation skills. Divisions are Grades 3-5; Grades 6-8; Grades 9-10; Grades 11-12. Students will prepare a 4-8 minute presentation answering one or all of the following questions: What do I learn? How do I learn? Why do I learn? Each school team may consist of 3 or 4 members and scored based on a presentation rubric. The competition will take place at CHS on the day of the showcase and be closed to the public, but winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at 1:00 p.m.

General competition Information


Rubrics for the competition
Elementary Presentation Rubric (3rd-5th and 6th-8th)


High School Rubric (9-10th grade and 11-12th grade)

Hello Everyone!
The Showcase is coming soon (April 14th) and I wanted to make sure everyone had the most current information about it. First let’s cover the competition.

Presentation Competition
Students from each school will have an opportunity compete in a 21st competition focused on presentation skills. Divisions are Grades 3-5; Grades 6-8; Grades 9-10; Grades 11-12. Students will prepare a 4-8 minute presentation answering one or all of the following questions: What do I learn? How do I learn? Why do I learn? Each school team may consist of 3 or 4 members and scored based on a presentation rubric. The competition will take place at CHS on the day of the showcase and be closed to the public, but winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at 1:00 p.m.

A few folks have had some questions. Let me address them.

Question: The Showcase Presentation sheet on the wiki mentioned that your students can answer “What did we learn about technology? Why did we learn technology? And How did we learn technology?” Which is it? Do we answer about technology or What do I learn? How do I learn? Why do I learn?
Answer: You may do either. You can focus on technology if you’d like or you may answer “what, how, and/or why” we learn. It’s up to you. Remember, you can answer all three, two questions, or just one of them.

Question: Which rubrics are for which groups?
Answer: The Elementary Oral Presentation rubric is for all groups through 8th grade. The Presentation Rubric 21st Century Competition is for 9th – 12th grades.

Question: What are the divisions?
Answer: 3rd-5th grade; 6th – 8th grade; 9-10th grade; 11-12th grade. K-2 presentations will only be submitted by video and must be 3 minutes or less

Question: Can we use visual aids? May we use something other than PowerPoint or Keynote?
Answer: No. And no. (NO Interwrite pads, handouts, dogs or ponies, gimmicks, bribes, candy, stickers, favors, etc.)

Question: How should our students dress?
Answer: Professional dress. Formal presentation-style!

Lesson Plans for Showcase

Please use the attached form for sharing the lesson plan that you will be showcasing in April. (If you are showcasing more than one lesson, please submit just one.) Please submit this lesson form by Friday, April 1st. Save this form with your last name and school. Elementary participants please send to brookemorgan@tcboe.org. Secondary participants please send to cshepard@tcboe.org .


List of Students Participating

Mentors: Please send a list of students from your school participating in the showcase by Friday, April 1st. Please send to jbarnett@tcboe.org