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?

Background The district for which I am proposing policies is located in northern New Mexico. The district is currently comprised of a little more than 3,100 students from ten sites, including five Native American pueblos. There is some economic disparity … Continue reading “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?”

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

In 1989, Back to the Future II was released, and the world got a glimpse of the fashion of the future. The most striking thing about the fashions shown in the movie was how much electronics were integrated into nearly everything. … Continue reading “How are electronics viable additions to “crafting” for today’s young person?”

Week 8: What game have you seen that could help students learn, and how might it be used?

Game Based Learning When we think of game based learning, we might think in particular of K-12 students. There are many games for this group of students, for all subjects. Minecraft, for example, has been growing in popularity, and now … Continue reading “Week 8: What game have you seen that could help students learn, and how might it be used?”

How can 3-D printing change the way we think about education?

I remember watching Star Trek when I was younger and being awed by the Replicator, which could produce food with the touch of a button. We aren’t quite there yet, but are rapidly heading in that direction thanks to new … Continue reading “How can 3-D printing change the way we think about education?”

What are the compelling arguments both for and against computer coding in schools?

Overview In one of his most famous quotes, Steve Jobs said, “everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer…it teaches you how to think.” In our increasingly device-oriented world, this narrative seems both logical and compelling. Coding … Continue reading “What are the compelling arguments both for and against computer coding in schools?”

Design an object for the “Internet of Things”

What is the “Internet of Things”? We carry smart phones to communicate and navigate, wear Fitbits to track our steps, have smart appliances that inventory our food.  There are onsies that monitor our infant’s breathing, heart rate, and body temperature. … Continue reading “Design an object for the “Internet of Things””

What is the pedagogy behind a Maker Space? What are the benefits to students?

Some background There is a “new” teaching best-practice sweeping the nation. This practice, known as “Maker Space,” is, “a physical location where people gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build” (Edcause 2013). Maker spaces are … Continue reading “What is the pedagogy behind a Maker Space? What are the benefits to students?”