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21st Century learning: Synchronized Lights


At West Middle School, one class is going beyond the typical curriculum and using technology in new light.

Students in Mike Borrall's tech class are using 21st Century skills to create a show of lights. Six-hundred LED lights to be exact and with the help of music, the students are synchronizing each light to a different beat. Some students said they prefer this type of hands-on activity over learning off a white board.

"I think this is good for everybody in here actually, because everyone in here wants to learn more about technology and that's what we're doing right now," said Darius Moore, an 8th grader at West Middle School.

This spring, Mr. Borrall's class gets to show off all their hard work with a light-show during the West Middle School Band Concert. Borrall said the lights are a great way for the students to see their ideas come to life.

"Rather than just having a mouse run across the screen or having a power point change slides, it actually gives them an end product where they say, 'hey I took a computer, programed it to do an end project,'" said Mike Borrall, a tech teacher at West Middle School.

Students aren't just developing their computer programing skills with this light project, they're also learning how to work in groups and how to use their critical thinking skills to solve a problem.

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