Tag Archives: tech

The ‘Maker Movement’ in Schools

Are you familiar with the so-called ‘Maker Movement‘? It’s a loose, global collection of people who solve problems — usually, as you may have guessed, by making things — and then share their process with others. There’s often a tech component, and there are definitely elements of engineering, electronics, robotics, and more. Well, there also seems to be a growing Maker subculture that involves the world of education. People that are dissatisfied with the standardization of contemporary American curricula revel in the opportunity to present students with concrete problem-solving opportunities... Read More

Getting the Most from Classroom Technology

Guest Contributor Celine Perea is the Instructional Technology Coach at Horizon Middle School in Aurora, Colo. Q. What is the greatest example of instructional technology used for teaching and learning? There are a lot great instructional technology models out there — and even more that are not. For the purposes of this article, I’ll focus on three delivery modes recently featured in the news. I’ll attempt to make a distinction between each, but often they can blend together . . . not only with each other, but with other modes as... Read More

Guest Blog: Ian Fogarty (Part 2)

Ian Fogarty teaches Chemistry, Physics, and Science 12 at Riverview High School in New Brunswick, Canada. He is the two-time recipient of Minister’s Awards for Innovation in Education, the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Education, and the Canadian Association of Physicists’ High School Teacher Award. Follow him on Twitter @ifoggs. The following is the second of two guest blog entries from Mr. Fogarty regarding his time at the 2013 STEM Educator Symposium. Read Part 1 right here. * * * * The real meat of the 2013 STEM Educator... Read More

Guest Blog: Ian Fogarty (Part 1)

Ian Fogarty teaches Chemistry, Physics, and Science 12 at Riverview High School in New Brunswick, Canada. He is the two-time recipient of Minister’s Awards for Innovation in Education, the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Education, and the Canadian Association of Physicists’ High School Teacher Award. Follow him on Twitter @ifoggs. The following is the first of two guest blog entries from Mr. Fogarty. Enjoy. * * * * Preston Middle School (Fort Collins, Colo.) recently hosted their 2nd annual STEM Educator Symposium, a week-long conference to reconsider what is... Read More

Why We Should Be Teaching Kids to Code

Guest Contributor Celine Perea is the Instructional Technology Coach at Horizon Middle School in Aurora, Colo. * * * While most kids were busy playing with apps, Nick D’Aloisio was busy developing them. The 17-year-old British entrepreneur sold his popular news-reading app to Yahoo! in March for close to $30 million, and instantly became one of the world’s youngest self-made tech millionaires. In February, Zora Ball presented her new app at the University of Pennsylvania’s Bootstrap Expo. At age 7, was proclaimed the youngest person ever to create an app.... Read More

Teen’s Invention Could Change Your Charge

An 18 year-old high school student from California won $50,000 last week for creating an energy storage device that can be fully charged in under 30 seconds. “My cell phone battery always dies,” said Eesha Khare, echoing a sentiment that we all share. But instead of just shrugging her shoulders, Eesha put her problem-solving skills to work. She created a supercapacitor, which is a device that packs a lot of energy into a very tiny space. It also charges quickly and holds that charge for a very long time —... Read More

Feature: Google Teacher Academy, V4

Tracey Winey is the media specialist at Preston Middle School in Colorado — and she’s very good. She was recently selected to attend the prestigious Google Teacher Academy, at Google Headquarters in California. Tracey has graciously agreed to share her experience with The Big Brain Club. This is the last of her four installments from the GTA. Enjoy, and be sure to follow her on Twitter @premediawine. * * * Volume 4: What I Really Learned Many of my colleagues have blogged about their Google Experience. I have found their blogs to... Read More

Feature: Google Teacher Academy, V3

Tracey Winey is the media specialist at Preston Middle School in Colorado — and she’s very good. She was recently selected to attend the prestigious Google Teacher Academy, at Google Headquarters in California. Tracey has graciously agreed to share her experience with The Big Brain Club. This is the third of her four installments from the GTA. Enjoy, and be sure to follow her on Twitter @premediawine. * * * Volume 3: Go Change The World! Public education is often criticized. Government, business, and the private sector think they can mandate a change,... Read More

Feature: Google Teacher Academy, V2

Tracey Winey is the media specialist at Preston Middle School in Colorado — and she’s very good. She was recently selected to attend the prestigious Google Teacher Academy, at Google Headquarters in California. Tracey has graciously agreed to share her experience with The Big Brain Club. This is the second of her four installments from the GTA. Enjoy, and be sure to follow her on Twitter @premediawine. * * * Volume 2: The One Day Tourist I recently traveled to the holy grail of tech industries-The Google Headquarters! I was equipped with background... Read More

Feature: Google Teacher Academy, V1

Tracey Winey is the media specialist at Preston Middle School in Colorado — and she’s very good. She was recently selected to attend the prestigious Google Teacher Academy, at Google Headquarters in California. Tracey has graciously agreed to share her experience with The Big Brain Club. This is the first of her four installments from the GTA. Enjoy, and be sure to follow her on Twitter @premediawine. * * * Volume 1: My Perfect Storm The Google Teacher Academy (GTA) is a two day, free, professional development opportunity. Google invites 50 educators... Read More