Innovate to Educate Entry

Bordentown Regional Schools

Amy Wright, Computer Teacher / STEM Coordinator

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

For the last 10 years I have taught Middle School Computers. The course was designed to give students in grades 6, 7, and 8 an introduction to Microsoft Office products and file management. It didn't take long to realize that the students were already doing a lot of this in the younger grades but they didn't really understand how computers work. So, I sought funding to bring Lego NXT robots to our classroom. I redesigned the 6th grade course to introduce students to the basics of Computers (identifying
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What were some of the biggest challenges to your initiative, and how did you meet those challenges?

There are two big challenges that arose from this initiative. (1) Resources -- the time and space to really give students the chance to explore was not there due to scheduling constraints. I decided to have students work in partner pairs and we expanded beyond our four walls into the hallway for extra space. The other challenge (2) was finding the 'next step' for these newly inspired students. For 4 years following that first class of Lego NXT robotics, there was no opportunity for students to
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What are the three biggest components that need to be in place for tech innovation to succeed are:

In order for ed-tech innovation to succeed in education, administration and the school board must be involved and supportive.
Once the support has been established, funding is needed to gather resources (both technology and curriculum).
Finally it is vital to have a staff that can deliver content that excites and inspires a diverse population of students to want to learn and to explore something completely new without fear!

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