Digital Learning Day & Black History Month in Westwood

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Digital Learning Day & Black History Month in Westwood

Westwood Jr/SR High School  participated in the annual national Digital Learning Day  in February. Media specialist, Mr. Peter Richter, organized several clubs to honor fellow teachers. Through the media center website, students blogged about their technology experiences in the classroom and  acknowledged  teachers that  inspired them through the use of technology in their teaching.  Students from various clubs gave out “Digital Badges” to teachers for display in the classroom. To see their comments please visit

For February’s Black History Month, several teachers featured projects acknowledging the contributions of famous Black Americans and the history of African civilizations. Media specialist, Mr. Richter, taught History students how to use Microsoft Photostory to use text, images and music to create digital biographies, and students conducted research from various sources including online databases, print books and recent E-news articles.  In another class, students researched the great African civilizations of the past, and presented their achievements to the class with their own Google Slides. Mr. Richter celebrated Black History month by featuring the taped oral histories of extraordinary African American Elders as provided by The National Visionary Leadership Project during lunch and study hall. Using digital tools engages students in the study of history as they develop the  21st Century skills needed in all walks of life.

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