On Saturday morning, March 22, four of McKinna’s sixth grade students presented at the Student Technology Showcase at the CUE (Computer Using Educators) Conference in Palm Springs. The students were chosen by the Gold Coast Cue to represent the county at the event. All four participate in the Oxnard Scholars After School Program, and they have been doing exciting, innovative projects using technology under the guidance of Susy De La Hoya and Julie Rangel who accompanied the students to Palm Springs.
While at the showcase, the four explained to people how they helped first and second graders make a stop-action video. The video was playing on a screen in back of the booth as they gave detailed information on the process that entailed using iPads and the iStopMotion application. They also told people how they made a documentary using the iPads. This documentary, Cuentos de Mis Padres, had the students interviewing family members who described how their lives were when they were growing up. Finally, students were able to discuss using the web-based coding application, Scratch, to create video games.
In spite of having to leave Oxnard at 5 a.m. to get to Palm Springs by 9:30 for the start of the event, all had a great time. After presenting for two hours, the four were taken to the exhibitor’s hall where they were able to get souvenirs from the various vendors that were at the conference. Everyone went out to lunch before heading back to Oxnard. It was a great demonstration of the wonderful work being done by our students and the staff in the Oxnard Scholars program.