I am lucky the district I currently teach in values technology and has leadership to support technology planning. It occurs to me that not all districts put value on technology, and emerging technologies. Are we the cream of the crop? I can't answer that, but I do know there are steps in place to make … Continue reading Week 11: Reflection
I still continue to feel that learning in the 21st century has to change from what the norm has been for centuries. With technology advancements over the last 50 years, it's amazing education is slow to fully adopt, and adapt to these new innovations. When I read the arguments about the shift of learners' responsibilities, … Continue reading Week 11: Reflection
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?
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?
It seems like Makerspaces are all the rage, even in post-secondary schools. It is listed as the number one emerging technology this year according to Campus Technology. (2016) It has made me think about the state of education recently. I viewed a documentary yesterday that was quite eye-opening. Education, Inc. It is an hour long … Continue reading Week 10: Reflection
I have to be honest and say that I have not thought about combining crafting and electronics. It was great to read Camille's blog yesterday. She stated that crafting with textiles is primarily a female endeavor, and electronics is a male endeavor, so marrying the two makes sense for females to get involved with electronics! … Continue reading Week 10: Reflection
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?
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?
After reading other people posts, it was interesting to see that others would do quite a bit of the planning, coordinating, and executing "Maker Day." I don't know if I took the easy way out by saying students should do most of the work, but since I am a high school teacher, it would make … Continue reading Week 9: Reflection
According to THE Journal report from March 2014, 84% of high schools and 74% of middle schools have a BYOD program. 88% of districts provide professional development to their teachers on the use of mobile devices and apps for instruction, 83% provide encourage the use of mobile devices, and 81% encourage the use of mobile … Continue reading Week 9: Reflection