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Author: Beth Knittle

Three Weeks In

Three Weeks In

Week 3 of the school closure draws to a close.  My daughter and I have taken a part the “office” and have now turned it into the sewing room to make masks.  Sunday night it will go back to being an office.  I wonder how many weeks maybe months this shift in duties will continue. Wishing you all the best, be well.

It’s Been Awhile

It’s Been Awhile

It’s been awhile… We are in the 3rd week since the school shut down and I have never worked so hard in my life. In fact I am exhausted.  I am sure you are feeling the same. Trying to support so many people make a sudden transition from traditional classroom experience to remote learning coach has been a major undertaking.  There was a major upgrade to tech skills, plus an entire restructuring to pedagogical approach in an instant. Some heavy…

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Bringing a New Discipline on Board

Bringing a New Discipline on Board

In June of 2016 Massachusetts approved a new curriculum Digital Literacy and Computer Science, and shortly the new 5-12 teaching license in DL & CS will be available. I am not sure if I have wrapped my head around the real implications of these new standards. Schools have not added a new discipline to the K-12 curriculum in centuries. People tend to focus on the computer science aspect of the curriculum but it is Digital Literacy and Computer Science in…

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The T in STEM

The T in STEM

A couple of weeks ago the New York Times had article Where the STEM jobs Are (and Where They Aren’t).  As a former science teacher and now a technology specialist I am acutely aware the difference between the S in STEM and the T.  Even the T takes on multiple meanings.  Engineering technology and Computer Science related technology. I have noticed as many grants come out to support STEM and schools announce their renewed focus on STEM there is not…

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On to MassCUE

On to MassCUE

It has been one heck of a roller coaster start to the school year. Lots of new tech to deploy, PD to develop not to mention new state standards to integrate and the likely hood of licensing changes.  It is a lot to take in. But October is here and things tend to get into a rhythm and it is time to connect with others and indulge in some personal learning.  I look forward to attending MassCUE our stated premier…

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Pokemon Go or Gone?

Pokemon Go or Gone?

As many of you know Pokemon Go was all the rage the last few weeks.  I don’t normally play games but thought I would give it a try and was enjoying playing with my young adult children.  It got us out of the house and doing something together, it was more a side note to our family outings. Steve Dembo has a good post summing up initial thoughts on Pokemon go.  It was fun. Today as a result of the…

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Adding Computer Science into the Curriculum

Adding Computer Science into the Curriculum

This June the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education formally adopted new Digital Literacy and Computer Science Curriculum Frameworks.  A good portion of the digital literacy frameworks overlap with the literacy standards regarding research, analysis of information, collaboration and presentations.  These standards place added emphasis on these skills and the tech tools needed to meet them. What is significantly different is the much needed addition of computer science; computing and society, digital tools and collaboration, computing systems and, computational…

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