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.” […]

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 […]