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 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 9: Does every school need a “BYOD” policy?

There is a trend around the country and around the world where the need for students to bring your own device (BYOD) is critical to maintain productivity of students and internet access because of decreasing school budgets to purchase new and maintain current computer/laptops.  I was surprised to find out that Australia, between 2009 and … Continue reading Week 9: Does every school need a “BYOD” policy?

Week 8: What Minecraft game could you create that would help students learn?

I got my son Minecraft for his XBox 1 system for Christmas last year and he has learned quite a bit about it.  He was very patient in explaining the different aspects about the game.  He offered me a choice of playing "creative" or "survival" world.  He stated it was easier to play in creative, … Continue reading Week 8: What Minecraft game could you create that would help students learn?