Melissa third graders national finalists

By: Maddie Garrett Email
By: Maddie Garrett Email

MELISSA, TX - A third grade class in Melissa is taking its use of technology to the national level with a two and half minute video that could win Karen Rose's third grade class $30,000.

"It was a huge undertaking; very proud of how hard they worked, very proud of how it turned out,” said Rose of their video.

The McKillop elementary students created a music video demonstrating all the ways they use technology to learn, then entered it into a national competition for a technology makeover for their classroom.

"It teaches problem solving, collaboration, creativity, they just take flight when you can add that technology,” said Rose.

These youngsters are already a step ahead when it comes to computers, video cameras and even creating websites. Third grader Andrew Ifft says he likes flip vids and editing in Vegas, and even gives his parents advice when it comes to computers.

But if they win the E-Instruction makeover, they would have new teaching tools like an interactive white board, a remote control answering system and new software for lessons.

"Instructional technology changes the way you present material to kids and changes the way you teach it and it's more geared to how their minds work, it's very visual it's interactive," said Rose.

And through their high tech projects and enthusiasm for learning, they've earned a top five finalist spot out of 200 entries nationwide.

“They're all doing a million different projects right now, and that's the way our classroom is everyday because they're engaged, they're excited and they have a job to do and they love to do it,” said Rose.

Now it's up to voters to put this small North Texas school district in the top spot. You can see the whole video and vote for the Melissa school on the E-Instruction website at

Voting ends this Friday, December 4th, 2009, at 11:00 a.m.

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