Technology Showcase 2013

Onekama students take part in AT&T/MACUL Student Technology Showcase

Posted by Ken Grabowski,
Manistee News Advocate
October 28th, 2013

ONEKAMA — No one could blame Onekama Consolidated School officials if they were beaming with pride after the presentation four of the district’s students made at the AT&T/Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Student Showcase in Lansing.

Students Jacob Mauntler, Mackenzie Bradford, Carlee Pepera and Katelynn Feil were selected to represent the school at the 13th annual showcase that was held at the state Capitol last week. The showcase is designed to show legislators and interested citizens how technology is being utilized in the classroom.

Onekama students put on a display about how students utilize iPads in the elementary, upper elementary, middle and high school levels. The theme of their display was “Technology at Onekama Schools Throughout Our Campus.”

“The students had an outstanding experience and they got to meet State Rep. Ray Franz (R, Onekama) and state Sen. Darwin Booher (R, Evart),” said Onekama teacher John Neph. “Rep. Franz tooks the kids around and they got to go into some different parts of the Capitol building. They also had the opportunity to interact with students from all over the state.”

Onekama Consolidated Schools was one of 35 schools to present during the showcase. It is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Education and MACUL with the purpose of bringing levels together to share their knowledge and concerns regarding educational use of computers and technology.

“We had a booth set-up and our kids would break it up where two of them would man it while the other two would circulate around the room to look at other exhibits,” said Neph. “They saw some very unique things as there was a Green School and another school had robotics. It was fantastic that the kids had the opportunity to learn about all the ways that technology is being used in other schools.”

Neph said the four students proved to be good ambassadors for Onekama schools at the conference. Also attending with the students were parents Kris Mauntler and Peggy Pepera.

“The kids represented themselves very well down there and were well spoken,” Neph said. “There were some good friendships made by our kids, and they saw lots of interesting things.”



Students said they felt the trip was very worthwhile, and they learned a lot.

“I liked it,” said Bradford. “I like the robots that one of the schools (Capac Schools) had on display.”

Mauntler said meeting the legislators was an exciting part of the trip, as was the opportunity to see where legislation is created in the Capitol.

“We went to the House of Representatives, and that was really cool,” said Mauntler. “It was really cool to see what they do. They told us how they work with the bills and how they vote on the issues. I liked looking at the capitol building and all the cool things in the hallways and offices.”


Feil said she enjoyed the trip and all the things they saw in Lansing. She pointed out that many schools are doing similar things with iPads like they are at the Onekama schools.

“I thought it was cool to see the capitol and the neat exhibits that they had on display,” she said. “They asked us questions at our exhibit about how long we have had iPads and how we used them at our school.”

All the students felt it would be interesting to return to the showcase in a few years to learn how much technology in education has changed since they attended the showcase. The added realization of how much it has changed since they began attending school was made more apparent by what was shown at the showcase.

Posted by Ken Grabowski
Photos by Peggy Pepera

October 2013

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