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Engineering is Elementary
Aspiring Community of Engineering Students is a new program I will launch this year with our senior class. This is the first time we will be integrating a hands-on engineering course where students are going to build, break, and fix machines as part of their grade. For example, we plan on building bridges, electric circuits, and simple machines to demonstrate applied sciences. The objective of the class is to support discovery learning and problem solving skills, as students will learn to work cooperatively as a team. Check out our website for more information: BET Design Center
Education Week: NAEP Draft on Technological Literacy Unveiled
The Education Edition of Google Apps has given our school new opportunities to collaborate and share information. When we first thought up the idea of bringing this technology to our school, we were not sure how it would be used by our teachers. We knew the capabilities of the software suite, but transitioning teachers to this new form of communication is always a difficult task. Fortunately, we have a tech savvy staff and I am very excited to see the collaborative taking shape and form. The wiki is probably the most successful part of Google Apps, as staff members can now post lessons, ideas, and concerns in a web interfaced wiki for others to see and respond. In the mere few weeks that we have used the wiki, we are now 40+ pages worth of information and resources. Teachers are grasping the power of the wiki and collaboration is now taking place. It will be an revolutionary year in terms of sharing, and I cannot wait to see how Google Apps will look like at our school by the end of the year. A big shout out to all staff members at school!
I am playing with two new open source software programs that I see so many potential learning opportunities with my students. The first one is Scratch, which is an object-oriented computer programming software that allows students to explore scripting visually. It has many project potential with Algebra. I hope to collaborate with our Algebra teacher using this program. The other program that has caught my attention is Phun, which is an open source program that teaches physics using drawing tools. Once you create your drawing, you activate gravity to make your objects obey the laws of physics. It is a truly innovative software that I plan on using in my Engineering class this year.
Since most states do not have standards for technology, use ISTE as a foundation for your curriculum.
David Warlick provided some valuable links for educational technology professionals during his sessions at KIPP Summit this year. I managed to keep track with most of them.
You can find all his presentation links on his blog:
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