Teachers Planning Technology Group Will Help Students Learn, They Say

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Reading, writing and arithmetic went out with the one-room school house, say some educators who believe students need a technology-based education.

Fernandina Beach High teachers Chris Pagel and Dan Snyder are trying to bring this concept home to students by starting a local chapter of the national Student Technology Association. The club, which started in the late 1980s, encourages students to learn technology skills by completing actual projects such as designing bridges and competing against other students.

"The purpose of the club is to use events and tasks from the classroom to teach different facets of technology," Pagel said. "The emphasis is on teaching students critical thinking and problem-solving skills."

The men plan to have the club going by Nov. 16. All Fernandina Beach High students are eligible for membership.

Snyder, who teaches math to special education students, said he believes students need to learn more than just how to operate a computer or a piece of technological machinery.

"It's extremely important to teach kids how to be innovative and creative and how to come up with solutions," he said.

Pagel, who teaches illustrative design and construction technology, said it is important that students gain technology skills beyond the classroom if they want to find work after graduation.

"Today's society is really changing," he said. …