Are you interested in getting started with sketchnoting? Or have you started sketchnoting and want some more ideas on how to use it in your class?
Since I was a 4th grader I knew I wanted to be a teacher. Friends struggled in college to choose majors and then figure out what to do with a business degree. My career path was clear, or so I thought.
Student access to robust digital tools and curriculum is key to their success as 21st century citizens. Yet many students from economically disadvantaged families have limited access to these tools outside of school. It is worth noting that nearly two-thirds of school system leaders do not have any strategies for providing off-campus connectivity to students. (CoSN Infrastructure Survey, 2016) Closing this opportunity gap requires a variety of strategies involving schools and communities working together. In Beaverton, we began addressing this challenge by starting a monthly "Digital Equity Brown Bag Lunch" discussion group.
“Do this again! I want to see more. I'm much more inspired to do this once I see it in action. It's far less intimidating.” -- A comment from a Greenway Elementary teacher coming out of the BSD Future Ready team’s first illuminatED event.
After running a successful pilot last year, we purchased a full district license for the literacy support software suite Read&Write. The software is designed to support students and teachers at all levels with accessing and creating text in the digital environment. It works well on Chrome OS and MacOS devices.
A typical iPad stand costs north of $100. Moreover, they often aren't very robust so teachers tend to keep them to set in one place away from busy students. For just a few bucks ($5-$10), PVC and copper can make durable, flexible, and sweet-looking stands that work as a document camera, photo booth, and document scanner.
I'm Interested In...
These blog posts will be compiled by the team to show our current interests, and what we are doing around the district!