SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

PRESS RELEASE

 

CONTACT:  Sarah Wahrenbrock               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

310.450.8338, ext. 229                                                October 29, 2007

 

 

SMMUSD Teacher’s Technology Implementation Recognized during LACOE Keynote Address

 

Eric Marcos, a sixth grade math teacher at Lincoln Middle School, and his students were recognized during the sold out keynote address at the Los Angeles County “21st Century Learners Symposium” that was held in Pasadena on October 19, 2007.

 

The keynote address was delivered by Alan November, an internationally recognized leader in education technology.  During his speech, Mr. November played a video that Mr. Marcos’s students had created showing the process of solving a proportion math problem.

 

Last year, Mr. November held workshops for SMMUSD’s Board of Education and educators, illustrating the numerous ways technology could be integrated appropriately and effectively into lesson delivery. 

 

The company that creates the video software that the students used has contacted Mr. Marcos.  They would like to feature him in an upcoming newsletter and use his videos in conferences and travel shows. 

 

“It’s exciting to see this student creation get recognized,” stated Mr. Marcos.  “As with all math video lessons we make, this one was unrehearsed and unscripted.  With no prior training or coaching, the student in the video was a natural.”

 

 “Mr. Marcos is a wonderful example of a Technology Trailblazer in our school district,” said Superintendent Dianne Talarico.  “His creative use of technology engages the students and allows them to take an active part in their own learning.  Such methods of teaching and integration of technology not only increase content retention, but also make the learning process fun for students.”

 

Due to his successes in the classroom, Mr. Marcos will be assisting the district regarding methods of technology integration.  The district’s goal is to increase the use of technology into instructional delivery by 35% this year.

 

“Mr. Marcos and his math classes are further evidence that SMMUSD is a World Class Public School system,” stated Talarico.

 

For an example of the student-created math videos, please visit http://www.mathtrain.com.

 

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