Tuesday, November 29, 2016

New technology collaboration lab unveiled at Parkside

The Boston Celtics​ and Southern New Hampshire University​ have done it again! For the third time since 2014, the two organizations have partnered to create a new space dedicated to enhanced learning through technology in a Manchester school. Like the labs at McLaughlin and Hillside middle schools, the classroom at Parkside was transformed with Celtics green paint and graphics on the walls, new furniture, 30 Chromebooks, and a wall-mounted TV monitor. The room is adjacent to the school's media center to make collaboration of special projects easy.

Joining Parkside students, administrators and teachers at today's unveiling were Dr. Vargas, Mayor Gatsas, as well as school board members Erika Connors and Rich Girard. Representing SNHU was Dr. Gwen Britton, executive director of online STEM programs for the university. She help facilitate a computer coding activity for the students who took part in the lab dedication event.

Boston Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko and former player Leon Powe were the athlete VIPs. They took the time to speak to the Parkside students about future career goals and the dedication it takes to follow your dreams, even when they seem out of reach.
Manchester School District is fortunate to have community partners like SNHU and the Celtics, who understand that enhancing access to technology is critical to education in the 21st century. We are looking forward to seeing how our students and teachers will harness the power of the technology collaboration lab every day and for years to come!

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