There are three key factors that made this initiative a success; 1) utilizing tech-savvy teachers who have the established relationship with their peers to generate excitement and who will make the time to put together a toolbox of web-based applications. 2) Administrative support for the fact that utilizing technology looks different from traditional school and that students who are “doing their own thing” is what learning looks like, not students sitting in a desk in neat rows and columns. 3) The network infrastructure that can support, manage and monitor a variety of devices/operating systems. Working on establishing those factors in my own district is going well. Hopefully I can write a success story based on what’s going on in Valley Center!
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Kay has been in public education since 1985. A classroom teacher for 20 years, Kay has taught 1st through 5th grades, was an early adopter of mobile technologies with Palms and continues to be a strong advocate of utilizing mobile tools in education. In 2005 Kay left public education to be the Education Director for the Challenger Learning Center of Kansas. There she discovered the power of project based learning and using a simulations to foster 21st century learning experiences. Currently Kay is the Innovative Teaching Coordinator for USD 353 in Wellington. She strives to be the bridge that connects digital natives to digital immigrants. She is DEN STAR LC educator, Intel Senior Trainer, certified in Online Safety-Cyber Bullying and Celebrate Kansas Voices workshops. View all posts by kaytibbs