Holy Names High School students Eva Cole, Luisa del Rosario and Amanda Harris present at the Google Apps Summit.
Holy Names students bring
technology education to pupils
Students at Holy Names High School in Oakland not only learn about technology, they teach it too. By demonstrating online teaching tools and applications, the Digital Divas have had the unique opportunity to lead professional development workshops to give educators the valuable perspective of how technology helps students learn.
This year, students traveled to St. Lawrence O'Toole and St. Philip Neri elementary schools, and HNHS welcomed a group of teachers from St. Jerome School.
Three students from Holy Names High School presented to educators at the Google Apps for Education (GAFE) Summit in January. The students presented on the use of apps in the classroom and one made history as the first student to ever present a Google Demo Slam.
At GAFE, Eva Cole '15, Amanda Harris '16, and Luisa del Rosario '16 led presentations about the use of Google Docs, Google Forms and Google Presentation applications in the classroom.
Each student did her own research and preparation for her presentation, including brainstorming for unique ideas on how to use the applications. Amanda was also the first student to ever present a three minute "slam" on the use of an application when she shared how Lucid Chart is beneficial to the classroom learning environment.
The students participated at GAFE as part of HNHS's Midsession program — a week-long session when students have the opportunity to select from a wide range of on-campus classes, service opportunities, off-campus educational trips or internships in businesses, professional offices, or community agencies. The girls networked with industry professionals including keynote speakers Dan Russell, the man behind the artificial intelligence of Google Search, and Jaime Casap, Google's Education Evangelist. In addition to polishing their technology presentation skills, the students also received a valuable lesson in understanding how teachers prepare for integrating technology in the classroom. These students attended a second Google Apps in Education Summit. Amanda also served as a presenter at East Bay Computer Using Educators in February.
The technology achievements at Holy Names High School were spearheaded by Lisa DeLapo, director of Instructional Innovation, who was honored as 2014 East Bay CUE Emerging Teacher of the Year. She plans to continue and expand the school's leadership in technology in education next year.
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