After a good five weeks of research and preparation, I was able to present to the school, once to the Grade 9 and 10 students on Monday, April 1st and then to the Grade 11 and 12’s on Tuesday, April 2nd during the 15 minute Advisory period in the school auditorium about using smartphones responsibly. The presentations lasted right around the 15 minutes I had planned for them and were well received, for the most part. I will discuss changes from the first presentation to the second, little details that had to be organized and my perception of the success of the presentation in this blog post.
For this trip we will venture to Berkeley, California to look at a course offering called Studio H hosted by the Realm Charter School. The program is very unique, in that it offers Grade 9 to 12 students a chance to design, implement and build unique solutions to projects based social issues / needs around the school and in the community. Really the program encompasses project based learning to its full extent, with real problems and and students developing and implementing real world solutions, from community chicken coops, container classrooms and even homeless housing. Now this might sound like it has little to do with technology but the students really have to use computers, modern tools and techniques, web research and communication, and a host of other technologies and problem-solving abilities to accomplish their goals.