MCSD Technology Fair 2014

The MCSD Technology Fair will be held on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Location: Creek Bridge High School, 6641 S. Hwy. 41, Marion, SC 29571

(843) 362-3500

At this year's fair, we primarily want to showcase the technology talents of our students.

Presenters will also provide sessions that challenge us to explore and learn about the latest technologies.
Many hours of hard work by students,
teachers, advisers, and other staff go into making
each year better than the last.

Category Descriptions for the 2014-2015 MCSD Technology Fair

Graphic Design / 3-D Modeling (Animated and Non-animated):

This category is defined as any original artwork that has been created and with the primary purpose for allowing for the motion of objects or modeling objects in three dimensions. Software may include, but not be limited to, Scratch, Flash, KidPix, Maya, AutoCad, Sketch Up, GollyGee Blocks, Light Wave, and Google SketchUp Make. etc. (animated and non-animated will be accepted). iPad apps like DoInk are also appropriate. Computers for display will be available at the Technology Fair. Presenters must bring their own laptop if they are using software that is not available on MCSD devices.

Google SketchUp Make:

  • Recommended for primary and secondary education
  • Free to use for any educational purpose
  • Build and share 3D models
  • Find and download models from Sketchup's 3D Warehouse
  • Work offline when there's no Internet connection

Multimedia / Video Editing:

Do you like to sing or play an instrument? Have you ever re-mixed a song to create something new? Are you into drama and recording yourself talking? Have you ever tried reader's theater with sound effects? All of these are great ideas for multimedia / video editing projects. Multimedia projects are defined as computer-based reports or creative presentations using any combination of sound and/or images with text including digital imaging and video editing. Possible software used for projects in this category includes but are not limited to: PowerPoint, iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, VoiceThread, PhotoStory3, Prezi, and GarageBand. In addition, a storyboard may be displayed to show sequencing of project creation.

Digital Game Design:

An entry in this category is a digital game that has been designed and programmed by the student. Tools used may include Gamestar Mechanic. Windows computers with internet will be available. Any other operating systems or specific software/hardware should be provided by the presenters the day of the fair for demonstration purposes.

Digital Photography:

Any computer-created original project using photographs. Software may include, but not limited to, Photoshop, iPhoto, and Microsoft Photo Editor.
In this category, we are looking to see what students can accomplish with digital photo editing. Students must use a photo that they own or have permission to use. A few free, online resources are also listed below. Presenters should bring a hard (printed) copy of their finished project for display. Please be prepared to demonstrate the software.

Below are a few free tools that may be used for photo editing (but are not required):

Non-Multimedia Display:

Entries in this category can be developed from various non-multimedia application programs such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases or any other non-multimedia software. This category includes projects like calendars, newsletters, flyers, etc. The projects can also be presented in printed form at the fair. Students may use the Office suite, or Google Docs. Students will need parent permission and sign up at home for a free Gmail account in order to utilize this software. If students use Google Docs, all work must be done at home.

Robotics / Coding:

Robotics projects may be constructed from kits or published drawings, modified from other devices to create new applications, or constructed from the student's own concepts and designs. Examples of commercially available kits are robotic “arms” or robot movers, Lego and K'Nex style building kits, Capsella, VEX, and Technics style robotics kits. Other very simple kits may be used as an introduction to robotics. If using these, please include student use of coding programs such as Code Monkey, Scratch, or Tynker.

Creative Projects/Other:

Projects may include, but not be limited to: Podcasts, Wikis, projects in Google Earth, Google Maps, Avatars, using web 2.0 tools to improve instruction, developing iPhone/Pod apps. Projects in this category have strength in their use on networks, either the World Wide Web or LANs (Local Area Networks). Examples of Internet application projects include web pages, web sites, chat rooms, interactive games, bulletin boards, podcasts and blogs. Students may also choose to use web-based applications such as Google Sites or Weebly. (A Gmail account is necessary to use Google applications.)

Teacher Instruction Category:

Teachers will demonstrate how they use technology to improve instruction. Projects may include, but not be limited to: Creative use of Interactive white boards (Smart Boards, Promethean, etc.), gadgets, digital storytelling, and use of web 2.0 tool (wikis, blogs) eClassroom, Edmodo, My Big, Campus, web pages, iPods, or iPads.

Presenters: Please be sure your presentation shows how technology is used in your classroom to enhance instruction and motivate students.

Hope to see you at the Tech Fair!

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