ORIGINALLY WRITTEN CYNTHIA MARTENS
by Cynthia Martens
Fourth-and fifth-grade students in the second semester of the El Tech program at Hillsboro Elementary School gathered for graduation ceremonies in the computer lab May 15.
El Tech is a computer-technology program at HES designed to teach students about Microsoft Word programs. The students then turn around and pass along that knowledge to other students, teachers and family members.
“We had some teachers working on the computer, and they had some problems,” said Rod Just, fifth-grade teacher.
“And the El Tech students came to the rescue. So it’s been nice having ‘El Techies’ we can call on and give assistance.”
Also present at the graduation ceremony were Pat Call, HES principal; Bruce Winkler, computer-lab teacher; and Sharon Tatge, executive director for Technology Excellence in Education Network.
The graduation program included presentations of the four El Tech programs for the spring semester: Power Point, Hyper Studio, Excel, and Word and newsletter publishing.
Each student received a certificate for completion of work in the El Tech curriculum.
“I think it’s been a successful program,” Just said to the students gathered for the ceremony. “You’ve all learned something more than you knew before on the computers and picked it up quickly.”