Ed. Tech. Report

Volume 1 Issue 1

Whirlwind Week

What a week it has been! Thankfully, the adjustment from classroom teacher to district technology coach has been relatively easy. I've thoroughly enjoyed the time I've gotten to spend in the different buildings throughout the district and meeting many of you for the first time. I look forward to working with each of you in the future.


As I continue to develop in my new position, I will seek ways in which I can help you to integrate technology in your curriculum in order to enhance and supplement what you already do. I would like to remind everyone of my eagerness to work with you. If you have an idea for technology integration in your class, let me know; I would love to help you to make that happen.


In the meantime, enjoy this much needed upcoming break. I'll see you all in 2015!


Justin

Classroom Spotlight

Going Beyond the Hour of Code

December 8 - 14 was Computer Science Education Week. As a part of that week, students across the country, including students in Franklin Area School District, took part in what is called the Hour of Code. The premise of this activity is students, through the completion of various games and exercises, are being introduced to and learning some basic concepts involved in computer programming, or coding. At the conclusion of the hour of code, students and teachers are encouraged to go beyond the hour. That is exactly what Mr. Jim Ralph's third grade students are doing at Central Elementary.


I had the privilege of working with many of Mr. Ralph's students in the computer lab in solving various coding puzzles. One thing I found to be quite exciting is how many of these students were able to talk through the challenge, read the commands they'd written, and use logic to solve the various puzzles. The students were truly thinking critically about the problem(s) and working, often times with other students, to find the solution(s). Without even realizing it, these students were using their knowledge of geometric figures (squares and triangles) and angle measurements to tell their computers what to do.


Nice work, Third Grade!

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Good Reads

Check out the following articles from eClassroom News for some interesting information and ideas concerning educational technology.


If you come across any news or information that would be beneficial to the district, please pass it along and I will be more than happy to include it in my weekly mailings.