Week 11: What specific policies will help your district prepare students for current and emerging technology use? How can you help lead your district in creating these policies?

Our district has an Acceptable Use and Internet Access Policy, and a new Technology Plan. The Acceptable Use Policy describes in some detail seven expectations of using the school network, and eight activities that are prohibited.  Here is the link to the PDF file.  The 2016 Technology Plan (draft) describes "Continual Technology Planning", which is … Continue reading Week 11: What specific policies will help your district prepare students for current and emerging technology use? How can you help lead your district in creating these policies?

Week 11: How have you , and will you continue to “Learn the 21st Century” and allow your students this experience in your classroom?

When I read this essential question, I can only think about the 21st Century skills everyone keeps reiterating we need to teach our students in K-12.  What are these skills?  Well, after some research, I found out that the skills students need to acquire are not necessarily spelled out, and if they are, people disagree … Continue reading Week 11: How have you , and will you continue to “Learn the 21st Century” and allow your students this experience in your classroom?

Week 10: How are electronics viable additions to “crafting” for today’s young person?

Crafting is the act of making something in a skillful way by using your hands.  (Merriam-Webster, 2016).  Many people craft as a hobby, and millions of children craft in school throughout K-12.  You usually don't associate crafting with electronics, but I soon found some interesting projects that incorporate electronics with crafting. E-waste is a new … Continue reading Week 10: How are electronics viable additions to “crafting” for today’s young person?

Week 10: Why does Ketchikan High School need a Makerspace?

In the spring of 2016, the U.S. Department of Education had issued a challenge to all high schools in the nation: Design a makerspace that will strengthen next generation career and technical skills.  Winners will receive $20,000 in cash and prizes for their design based on the following criteria Innovative Replicable Multi-functional Feasible Sustainable Addressing … Continue reading Week 10: Why does Ketchikan High School need a Makerspace?