The new year is upon us and I have decided it is time for my first post of the year! We have many initiatives going on in our school district at this time. The main technology initiative is to create new building level technology plans that are student centered (as they should always be!!!) by the end of February. We began the process with administrators in October and now various staffs throughout the district are in the process. We have three Continuing Education Days (Dec., Jan., and Feb.) where schools have been given time to attend tech workshops and to develop the various plans. It is an exciting process and not without hard work and some serious thinking as to what we want to do and prepare for over the next four years.
On the side, I have been researching and developing a gaming in education initiative that has explored various digital games that have educational value. There is a lot of research out there, and I have been finding time to sort through as much of it that I can. With limited budgets, I have especially been looking at free and open source games that can meet our student’s needs. The following link will take you to some of the gaming information I gathered for a recent presentation: NPPSD Gaming Research. The project is not over by any means!
I have the opportunity to attend a student leadership activity and will be working with 5th grade student leaders from all over western Nebraska. I am excited about this opportunity, and we will be creating a short podcast/PSA from the event. I have also had the privilege of working with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade high ability learners on a monthly basis this year. Our December activity was a service project for the local Salvation Army. We will be starting a gaming unit when we meet in a couple of weeks and also in February.
There are plenty of other things I could mention here, but there are so many things to do and so little time! It has been a wonderful school year, and I wish we had more time in each day to accomplish all that we hope to achieve. Rome wasn’t built in a day; so, patience will have to rule! :-)