William Woods University education students had a lesson in technology Thursday, but the teachers weren’t their typical professors. They were fifth graders from Russell Boulevard Elementary School in Columbia.
The youngsters demonstrated the use of hand-held computer technology in teaching language arts and mathematics. Using PDAs (personal digital assistants), they showed how they can revise sentences with more descriptive words, calculate numbers and play educational games.
Kim Euliss, who earned her master of education degree from William Woods, is the fifth grade teacher and she is enthusiastic about the future of technology in teaching. As she called on various students, it was evident that they share her fervor.
Before the technology demonstration, WWU students in the education activities class worked with the visitors to prepare them for a visit to the Winston Churchill Memorial. Each time the fifth graders answered questions correctly, they got another piece of a puzzle that eventually created a picture of Churchill.
Two fifth grade boys from Russell Boulevard School work on their handheld computers.