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Truckee high students show tech savvy

Renee Shadforth, Sierra Sun

At this year’s Northern California Technology Showcase, four Tahoe Truckee High School students showed the Web sites they created for local businesses to California Department of Education representatives.

And the department officials were impressed, said Truckee High technology coordinator Jon Halvorsen.

“(Former Gov.) Gray Davis’ educational advisor was so impressed he wanted them to return to the capitol to present their information to (Gov.) Arnold Shwarzenegger,” Halvorsen said. Former Truckee High Network Administrator Chris Cosper also attended the showcase.

Truckee High was one of two schools chosen to represent its 10-county region at the showcase, held Oct. 25 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

The students representing Truckee High – sophomores Brian Kerr, Danial Uhlury, Adam Wilson and Steve Whitten – presented the Web sites they created for local businesses in Halvorsen’s practical computer applications course.

However, unlike a classroom presentation – when the students have the undivided attention of their classmates – there were several booths at the showcase vying for the attention of attendees.

For Kerr, who designed a Web site for Nerve Technologies, it provided a more realistic professional environment.

“It gave me a better understanding of what’s going to happen when you get older for work experience,” Kerr said. “It was great to present and have people stop and take interest.”

The showcase also gave the students more confidence and a notable item to add to their resumes, Halvorsen said.

In 2001, Halvorsen was invited to the first Technology Showcase for creating projects for his students that go beyond the traditional classroom exercises.

He said the showcase can be a valuable measuring stick for Truckee High’s technology.

“It lets me see where we’re at as a school compared to what’s going on in the state,” Halvorsen said.

Truckee High is a “Digital High School” with an increasing focus on integrating technology into curriculum, according to the school’s site plan. Truckee High’s technology lab is outfitted with 36 Dell Pentium computers, CD-RW drives, laser printers, scanners, digital cameras, SmartBoard Technology, TV/video display, and net support software for teaching and student presentations. In addition to other labs on campus, each classroom also has a computer and some have small lab-stations. All these computers are connected through a school network.

For more information on Tahoe Truckee High School technology, check out truckeehigh.com/tech/technology.htm.

Check out these student-built Web sites

http://www.nerve-technologies.com Brian Kerr’s own Web design company

http://www.sierrasleddogadventures.netfirms.com Created by Steve Whitten for his family’s sled dog tour company

http://www.donnerskiranch.com Daniel Uhlury created this site with information on the ski resort, including a daily snow report

http://www.highcamphome.netfirms.com Site for Truckee interior design business designed by Adam Wilson


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