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Happy New Year! Welcome to the Future!
Sometimes it is hard to comprehend how rapidly and frequently technological advancements take place. Take for instance the Web. Some of us can easily recall a time without the worldwide web and when waiting for dial up connection was nothing short of fascinating. And today, the waiting comes from the time it takes to type in a phrase within the browser field. That dash - the time between no global connectivity to global omniconnectivity - was less than 15 years for most of the developed world. Which begs the question: where will we be 15 years from now? What will the Class of 2033 be able to accomplish that we cannot even fathom at this point? What careers will be created by 2033 that are not in existence today? How will global citizens communicate, work, and learn in 2033?
As an educator, you will experience a mind-numbing revolution in education technology within the coming 15 years. Are you ready? Do you welcome the change and challenge, or do you have reservations about adapting? Honestly, if you do not have reservations, you would be abnormal! Change is not easy, but it is necessary to ensure that we are preparing 21st century citizens for what lies ahead, not only for themselves but for their future families. So, it is okay to fear it, to dread it, and to honestly feel an aversion to it. That is our normal human reaction to tough change. But know this, taking a risk to learn something new and intimidating is very much worth the reward, not only to yourself but to coming generations. So take a chance, try it, fail, fail again, and keep failing, but never stopping trying! Because in each trial and error, you learn something new, you learn what does not work, you learn something that will help others, and you grow as an educator. And you know who else grows? That student walking across the graduation stage in June 2033...in 2048...in 2063..........
Welcome to the future......it is already here, and you are an integral part of it!
Educational Integrators of the Month
Mrs. Weaver is an Aurasma Integrator! At Covington's Publication Event in December, Mrs. Weaver's first grade class created an interactive multimedia wall, where parents used a mobile device to scan pictures of their children, activating a video of the child's explaining their experience at Covington. Through the use of the Aurasma app and an iPad, parents engaged in augmented reality and, more importantly, innovative 21st century technology. Great thinking, Mrs. Weaver! Engaging parents and students through digital learning resources, now that is a perfect example of how this technology will be used by our students now and in the future!
Integrating writing and digital publication within Social Studies - Mr. Graves is doing it! Through the use of LucidPress, historical information, and a lot of creativity, Mr. Graves integrates writing, digital technology, and Social Studies. In this 8th grade STEM class, Mr. Graves' students created digital brochures that advertised vacation locations associated with lesson content. Posted outside of his classroom, the brochures were easily reviewed and shared with the Carver Student Body, an exemplary model of how student work is displayed for use by the entire school. Excellent job!
Our SHS Robotics team, coached by Kevin Combs, Felicia Ingram, and Ron Grant, is doing amazing things with science, technology, engineering, and math (and art too)! Through collaboration, creativity, and play, students apply content from their high school classes to real word, problem-based situations and have fun while doing it, building robots for local, regional, and statewide robotics competitions. This synthesis of information, coupled with technological tools and resources, promotes critical thinking and higher order cognitive processes, which are vital skills for the 21st century learner. STEM integration at its finest! Way to go coaches!
Are you augmenting reality with Aurasma?
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Tool of the Month Club: AnyFlip
Anyflip.com is an online tool that takes an uploaded .pdf document (or link to a Google Doc) and turns it into an interactive, 3D online booklet. These online flip books can be easily shared through a simple URL or embedded within websites (or Canvas); QR codes can even be utilized to post these flip books for easy sharing within the classroom.
Use this Google Form to self-evaluate your digital integration! Feedback can be reviewed after your submission by selecting View Accuracy. This is for your use and review only, a way that you can reflect on your digital integration choices and use.
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