This quarter our culminating project for course EDTC 6102 (Teaching, Learning, and Assessment 1) in the Digital Education Leadership program required us to read the text, Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, and create a lesson or unit of study incorporating technology in a meaningful way using backwards design as detailed in […]

How can teaching students about loops help them understand automation and use this understanding to solve problems more efficiently?

Computational Thinking and Automation   ISTE Standard for Students #5 is “Computational Thinker: Students develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions.” There are four indicators listed under this standard and the last indicator reads: Students understand how automation works […]

Using Code to Teach the Design Process

Innovative Designers ISTE Standard for Students #4 is “Innovative Designer: Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.” There are four indicators listed under this standard and the first indicator reads: Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating […]

Student-Created Digital Dictionaries

A “real” dictionary is not something today’s students rely on heavily when writing papers and studying.  Our students get most of their information online and their world is rooted in digital information and experiences.   “Twenty-first century students are no longer thumbing through printed encyclopedia sets to locate information, but rather are relying on Internet-based text.” […]

Digital Readiness Project

This quarter in my class, Values, Ethics, and Foundations in Digital Education, one of our assignments was to interview a school administrator about the digital readiness of the district. I chose to interview the district Technology TOSA (teacher on special assignment) of a rural school district of about 4,600 students.  There is one high school, […]

Digital Learning Mission Statement

  As an elementary technology specialist, I believe in integration, professional development, digital citizenship instruction, the value of teachers, and the importance of digital access for all learners. Five Core Values: Integration           Digital education is most meaningful and effective when it is integrated into the general education classroom and into […]

About Me

I am an elementary technology specialist at a public school in the Pacific Northwest.  I have my National Board Certification as a Early Childhood Generalist and received my M.A.T. from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2005. I was a classroom teacher (teaching grades K-3) for 10 years before transitioning to my current role.  My areas […]