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Zero Cost, Low Tech Assessment: Plickers

A few years ago, a parent community organization purchased a student response system, which included software for the teacher and a remote control “clicker” for each student. It was cumbersome to lug around, involved an expensive up front cost and difficult to set up. Teachers were frustrated and the time spent collecting an assessment digitally far exceeded the time needed using traditional methods.

The idea of a student response system was a strong idea, but the tech got in the way. Lets fast forward… Read more…

Q & A Interview with the Barometer

In October, I was introduced to the Groton-Dunstable community through a local educational newspaper called the Barometer.

This interview was short and sweet, but hope it conveyed my feelings towards both the privilege of working for the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District as well as the general direction we are headed as a technology department.

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Website Content, Promotion Important for your School

Below are just two of the website postings and press releases I created for my new district. It is important to get the word out and shed light on the amazing things students, teachers and administration are doing each day…

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Sub-Saharan Africa: A Comparison

Sub-Saharan Africa has a unique, cultural fabric that is tightly woven, which has seemingly been defined by struggles with European cultures, the colonization process (before and after) and various cultural conflicts. The future of this region will be bright if religious, political, social and cultural systems can be honored and simplified, allowing for respect of family relations, property ownership and each nation’s unique heritage. Using the United States of America for a comparison, we can identify differences and similarities, and find opportunities to compare and contrast between a growing host of nations, finding their way in an increasingly modern and globalized world and a super power that has reached its pinnacle. Read more…

Allow Students to Lead on Technology

This past week, after a recent purchase of Apple iPads for our middle-school students, I quickly set up the cart and got the units out to the students for an upcoming lesson. It was late in the afternoon on Friday when the sixth graders were wheeled a class-set of iPads. Most had prior knowledge of using an iPad or other tablet, however they had never used them in a school setting. (Our middle schoolers are Google App and Chromebook wizards) Using Apple Configurator, I pre-loaded a Bridge Constructor app for an upcoming engineering lesson and was excited to see how students would take to the devices. Read more…