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Somerset School Board ends year on positive note

The last meeting of the 2010-2011 school board was a positive one.

Students from the state solo ensemble choir, state solo ensemble instrumental and state FBLA participants were recognized at the meeting.

The board also acknowledged Amanda Kirk, student representative to the board of education, for her involvment this past year.

"I did enjoy bringing what the students are doing in school to you," said Kirk.

During the second half of the meeting, Ayla Mitchell, eighth-grade science teacher, and Dawn Peer, eighth-grade math teacher, gave a presentation to the board regarding the enhancing education through technology grant.

They explained the grant money was used earlier to buy Flip video cameras for student use.

Using the smart boards to illustrate, Mitchell showed the Wiki pages that she created for her students to post videos explaining stars.

"I had them make the videos like they were presenting them to younger students," said Mitchell. "The kids really enjoyed it, they liked having their own pages, loved using the Flip cameras and watching everyone's videos."

The teachers also went on to show a video some of the students made for another project. This time they had to use computer graphics and research to stage their own newscast reporting on the aftermath of a volcano.

The board members were impressed after seeing how the students were able to use the technology in their learning process.

The next meeting of the school board will be June 13.