Innovate to Educate Entry

A. Harry Moore of New Jersey City University

Wendy Thompson, Demonstration Teacher

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What innovative technology initiative or project are you most proud of, and how has it improved teaching and learning in your school/district?

This past year the A.Harry Moore School students, faculty, and New Jersey City University Doctoral Candidates created an iBeacon project celebrating the 85 year history of the school as a Jersey City landmark. As the first school in NJ to apply pingable technology in a five story structure, this innovative application of technology allowed students to explore historical artifacts fostering a connection to the community. Utilizing mobile technology and the Locly application students enhanced their technology skill base by producing descriptive video content linking the past to the present.

What were some of the biggest challenges to your initiative, and how did you meet those challenges?

As a school servicing students with low incidence disabilities ages three through twenty-one, our mission is to utilize both assistive and instructional technology to amplify student voice. The construction of our historic Art Deco school created a physical barrier limiting the transmission range of pingable content. Our solution was to purchase additional iBeacons to strategically place throughout the building.

What are the three biggest components that need to be in place for tech innovation to succeed are:

Collaborative mindset
Systemic vision
Connection to other innovative educators with a growth mindset

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