In May of 2014, the Beaverton Community passed a capital bond measure for 680 million dollars. A good portion of this money was allocated for instructional technology. Millions of these dollars have purchased computers, ipads, and significant network upgrades. This has changed the face of teaching and learning in our district and we continue to transition to a digital resources and teaching both in school and outside of school. This has provided both great opportunities along with great responsibility.
A guest blog post: Kayla Bell, principal at Nancy Ryles elementary reflecting on the Future Ready illuminatED experience on Wednesday April 4.
Today we got to participate in IlluminatED. What an engaging experience! Every elementary school NEEDS to have this event brought to their school.
As schools continue to integrate technology into the teaching day, educators are talking about an emerging phenomena called "the digital use divide". Many people talk about the digital divide with respect to access to technology, but the digital use divide is speaking more to what happens when schools and teachers have access but implement technology in different manners.
Among the many pieces the Aloha students had to share at the First Annual Innovation Expo was a Snapchat Filter. As someone who feels fairly confident in the area of social media and the art of hashtagging, I had never used Snapchat prior to the March 21st event.
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.
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!