A series of community luncheons hosted by the Pembina Trails School Division is exploring student learning in the 21st century.
I recently had the opportunity to attend the Ward 1 board of trustees’ noon-hour gathering at which the PTSD superintendent, students and teachers shared how the use of technology and new media, in particular, is shaping the classroom experience.
The students from Pacific Junction School were impressive. They stood up in front of a large room full of community members and explained the basis for their video project entitled Celebrating Charleswood, about the 100th anniversary of the area.
The imagery they selected and seamless editing to piece it all together was outstanding. The students and their teachers should be proud of the skills they are showing at such a young age.
Oak Park High School students involved in media production showed a highlight reel of the incredible work they have done in the realm of short movies and commercials.
Several of the students also explained what it meant to them to have this opportunity right there in their own school. These are bright, articulate young adults who will be using the skills they have acquired to go on to do bigger and better things.
We should be proud of the quality of education they are receiving and the knowledge they are acquiring from their teachers.
What did I take away from the presentations?
That 21st century education is creative, challenging, and complex, and will require the harnessing of emerging technologies to provide expanded learning opportunities that are critical to the success of future generations.
The luncheon brought together a broad cross-section of Charleswood residents and gave us the opportunity to connect with other members of the community while hearing firsthand about innovative student-initiated projects that are underway in our schools.
If community engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit, Pembina Trails School Division appears to be well on its way.
David Hultin is a community correspondent for Charleswood