December 11, 2013
Cy-Fair High School sophomore Tyler Whigham, a staff member of the Cy-Fair Reporter student newspaper, asks GE Oil and Gas president for drilling Chuck Chauviere, pictured with his wife Michelle, why he chose to donate $25,000 to Cy-Fair High School for purchasing technology. The donation enabled the purchase of 100 TI-84 graphing calculators and 50 Ladibug document cameras to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) instruction and interest in STEM careers.
Dec. 11, 2013—Representatives from GE Oil and Gas attended Cy-Fair High School on Wednesday to observe the practical applications of new classroom technology made possible by a $25,000 donation to the campus.
GE Oil and Gas president for drilling, Chuck Chauviere, whose $25,000 GE Chairman’s Award enabled a donation to an organization of his choice, was on hand to see the use of the new TI-84 graphing calculators and Ladibug document cameras purchased with the funds.
The 100 graphing calculators and 50 document cameras will support GE and Cy-Fair’s joint vision of increasing the number of high school graduates who will continue their education in the technical or vocational fields, while also increasing enrollment in advanced courses.
“We’re fortunate to be in a community that is very interested in oil and gas. In oil and gas, you need a good technical or science background so you can help devote yourself to the career or path that allows you to be a successful person in the community,” Chauviere said. “We wanted to do something that made studying math and science that much more interesting while promoting people’s desire to be in the industry.”
Cy-Fair Spanish teacher Cameron Stephen praised the usefulness of his new Lumens DC 170 Ladibug document camera, which not only benefits student instruction but peer-to-peer learning as well.
Cy-Fair teacher Chandler Pardue uses a DC 170 Ladibug document camera to project the screen of his graphing calculator for his AP calculus class.
“This allows us to create those extra connections with students, with the ability to put lessons online or include video clips or images we’re using in class,” said Stephen, the foreign language department chair. “In my case I can even share content with other colleagues at the college, high school and even the junior high level.”
Cy-Fair senior Jordan Parker said she finds the document cameras beneficial in her AP chemistry class.
“It adds another layer to the learning; more ways to interpret what the teacher is saying,” she said. “I find it really helpful for AP exams at the end of the year. Once you’ve learned everything, then you can go back and listen to the actual lecture to refresh.”
Fellow senior Lauren Velasquez likes that the recording function of the document cameras allows for second-chance instruction.
“If you don’t catch it the first time, you can always go back and watch it again,” she said. “It helps a lot for review, too, to be able to look at examples of what the teacher does instead of just having it in a textbook.”
Cy-Fair principal Mike Smith said the donation and new technology will enhance learning in the school for many years.
“We have a lot of dedicated teachers who are very concerned about making sure students create an enduring understanding of learning. This is going to be an ideal tool for that,” Smith said. “The calculators will help in the classrooms quite a bit, while we’re hoping that the document cameras will memorialize lessons for students to revisit. We think it will really help our students be successful.”
Cy-Fair seniors Ryan Reece and Destin Ray use TI-84 graphic calculators to solve problems in Deanna Beach’s second period Engineering Design and Problem Solving class.
GE Oil and Gas president for drilling Chuck Chauviere, left, discusses the potential benefits of the new technology with Cy-Fair teachers Tiffani LaRose and Monica Falk after they completed a training session with technology assistant Donisha Fontenet.
Cy-Fair Spanish teacher Cameron Stephen shows some of the uses of his DC 170 Ladibug document camera to Michelle Chauviere.