June 27, 2013
PANDORA-GILBOA Mark Suter is expecting the students in his technology club to learn more than computer skills. He said the members are also learning communication and interviewing skills.
The tech club has been doing various computer services for clients including setting up web pages, video photography, and DVD’s.
Suter is the technology teacher at Pandora-Gilboa School. He said his original training was marketing for new media at a newspaper.
During his initial teaching experience at Ridgemont High School Suter said he carried over the mentality of working with business owners.
“I saw it as a win-win for both sides,” he said. “We could give the students real-world experience in doing projects while providing a service for business owners.”
He is know working with the Pandora-Gilboa students to provide their tech knowledge as a service.
Suter said at the end of last year they formed an informal tech club. Many of his tech students would come down during their independent study free period. Then Suter had the students begin to work with business owners to talk about their services.
One of their first projects was doing a 7-minute video for Ohio Energy.
“This is much more fun than just doing a project,” said Brad Walthour, president of the tech club. “We get to be a lot more creative than just doing assignments.”
“It’s easier to learn when you are relating to real world experiences,” said Alex Sanchez, treasurer of the club.
Suter said the administrators at Pandora-Gilboa School have been very supportive of the technology needs of the school. He also has been able to purchase some equipment using a Pod-Casting grant.
“We have the equipment that allows us to do professional work including microphones and two high level software programs,” Suter said.
Students in the Tech Club meet with the business owners and explain the services they offer.
“I want them to be comfortable as they talk to the business owners,” said Suter. He feels using these interview skills will be beneficial when the students are interviewing for colleges, scholarships and future jobs.
“They are learning how to handle themselves in the real world.”
“It’s a great way to express ourselves and improve our communication skills,” said Jacob Basinger, vice president.
Suter said the money they make from the projects is placed in a fund to assist in costs for special technology seminars for the students.
Suter has spoken at local chamber of commerce’s to explain the services offered by the technology club.
“We want to get enough business to keep them busy, but I don’t want to overwhelm the students,” said Suter.