Magazine article Technology & Learning

Honorable Mentions

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Honorable Mentions

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Lucky students at the School District of West De Pere (WI) have an advanced technology maker space in their high school library called the Innovation Studio, thanks to Mike Slowinski. library media and technology coordinator. "I created this studio for students to get hands-on experiences with emerging technologies such as 3D printing, 3D scanning, virtual reality, robotics, animation, and 3D modeling," says Slowinski. The projects created in the Innovation Studio are based on students' interests. Slowinski acts as a guide to help them learn how to use the equipment and acquire materials. "In the first two mot this of school. students created a 3D-printed chess set and playing board, interactive 31) scans of car parts, movies with special effects using the green screen, a 3D-printed globe, and a touch screen table made out of acrylic, a projector. and a PlayStation eye." he says. The Innovation Studio is also being used as an extension of various courses and curricula, and Slowinski is working with science, art, and technology teachers to integrate 3D modeling, printing, and scanning into their classes. Find out more at


"I believe technology is the great leveler of education and that students from any background can change their proficiency based on technology." says Laurie Denk, advanced technology teacher at Smoky Valley High School in Kansas and one of the developers of Vision_Tek, a technology initiative that provides access to technology skills. Vision_Tek, which is open to all students, is a series of courses on software, networking, PC maintenance, and presentation skills. As part of their work, Smoky Valley students provide workshops. one-to-one instruction, basic troubleshooting. and general technology assistance for community members. The program is overseen by a board made up of third- and fourth-year IT students with support from district- and building-level staff. Denk designed the two-tiered curriculum, which starts with a Lech boot camp that covers Web literacy, application and equipment proficiency, and independent project development. In level two, students learn to develop work plans. resources, and work flow. "The work ranges from learning to code to building a homemade hovercraft. Each student develops a professional portfolio," says Denk. Perhaps best of all, the course work is showcased on the district's YouTube channel and presentations are livestreamed via UStreamTV.


Ann Kohler is passionate about technology and has worked hard to infuse it into her self-contained class of mildly-intellectually disabled students at South Forsyth Hghi School in Georgia. From teaching math to conducting formal assessments. Kohler's use of technology has brought positive results to her students. In fact, after using MobyMath for one year, her students' math placement levels increased, on average, by one grade level or more. These testing results were brought to the attention of county-level administrators and helped influence the purchase or a full-district license so that teachers could use MobyMath or all K-8 students who needed individualized and differentiated math instruction. Kohler's students have participated in more than a dozen BYOT tours, telling educators and administrators from all over the United States what they like about using technology to learn. …

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