Here is a link to my emerging technology proposal. Enjoy and please comment!
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
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?
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?
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
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?
I was very happy to read Sara Lucas' blog this week because it just reaffirms that a single emerging technology can't be used for everything. It sounds like a cop out for what the assignment was this week on creating a game using Minecraft, but I did find it very difficult to be able to … Continue reading Week 8: Reflection
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?
It's been really interesting reading about the applications of 3D printing. So many possibilities and applications in many areas, but there seems to be a hesitant attitude in education to fully incorporate this new technology. I have to admit that some of the applications of 3D printing, such as food and replacement parts for humans, … Continue reading Week 7: Reflection