The Nevada Pathway to 21st Century Learning Project has come to a close. We have witnessed many success stories and teachers across the state are sharing these experiences with colleagues and new students.
If you have any further questions please contact Loretta Asay with Clark County School District.
Our Pathway teachers have been working hard this past year incorporating the technology tools and curriculum discovered in the first year of the project. They have all put the time into capturing and sharing some of the great experiences that have come about.
You can view these in the Kids in Action and Teacher Reflections sections. Check them out!
The Lahonta Valley News recently featured a front page article on the Pathway Project. Check it out!
The Elko Daily Free Press recently featured an article on the Pathway Project in three of their schools. Check it out!
For more information and to register go to http://ecs.ccsd.net
Spring has arrived, in various stages, around our state. And Pathway participants are at various points in learning and sharing ideas about how technology tools change what happens in the classroom.
“In a world characterized by change, the best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas. Seems like that is a good reason for collaborating with all these other middle school teachers.”
~ Washoe County Teacher
We are all finding that the culture in the classroom definitely changes with access!
“I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about using technology in my classroom as I am about this.”
~ Lincoln County teacher
In the world of education, it often feels like we have a landslide of boulders in our paths. It is time to examine how we approach the task. Sometimes the impulse is to choose a tool and get on with the journey. Taking the time to think through the possibilities is critical, though. Jackhammers . . . who will run them? Picks and shovels . . . how big does the path need to be? Dynamite . . . what will get damaged? Build an entirely different path . . . will it lead to the right destination? Each tool has pros and cons, depending on the goal, and every one of these tools needs to be applied, by an expert, to just the right places on the rocks so that they shatter easily.
“I like that they took that a step further and said that technology is not going to fix all the problems of education and that it can’t just be used because it’s cool. It has to be a means to an end. There has to be a purpose for it.”
~ Clark County teacher
Equipment is arriving in schools. Project staff has been flooded with “This is so cool. I can’t believe it’s finally here!” That also means that a major part of the collaboration and professional development will be about using, maintaining, and managing the tools.
Did you know that an application you purchase for an iPod can be loaded on as many iPods as you want? Around the world, people from all walks of life come up with wonderful ideas for iPod applications. Then, they program them and market them through the iPod Application Store. So some of the applications you might want to use have been created by other educators! More >
Our Nevada Pathway Project course developers are currently enjoying their week at FETC. They have been busy gathering ideas and taking notes on ways to better integrate technology education in our professional development courses.
Best of all, they ran into the BrainPOP robot! Here’s a photo to prove it.
More information on FETC can be found here: http://www.fetc.org/
Washoe County School District recently featured and article on the new Pathway for Nevada’s Future Project in the December 2009 edition of their Employee Newsletter, “Pinnacle”. An excerpt from the article is included below.
What happens when you put technology tools into the hands of middle school students and train their teachers how to effectively integrate those tools? We are about to find out! 14 WCSD teachers are participants in the Nevada Pathway Project, a collaborative statewide technology integration and professional development project. Using ARRA funds (stimulus money), 122 teachers from 16 of Nevada’s counties will get class sets of iPod Touches and laptops for their students to use. They will also participate in 12 graduate credits of online professional development for technology integration over the next 18 months. Getting the technology and the training into these classrooms will help our teachers meet the needs of our 21st Century learners.
Click here to visit Washoe County School District’s site on the Pathway Project.