I started teaching at the Museum of Science in Boston, where I taught hands-on discovery-based science to kindergartners and preschoolers. I also developed curriculum, worked with alligators, snakes, and a feisty prairie dog on stage, and learned how to operate the really big lightning machine.
I then moved to Dwight-Englewood School in New Jersey, where I taught upper school English as well as lower school Science for five years. I then returned to Boston, where I received my Master's Degree in Technology in Education from Harvard. My study focused on uses of technology in mediation and negotiation, and included coursework at Harvard Law School and the MIT Media Lab. Being at Harvard helped me to develop my own ideas about technology's role in the classroom, and helped me to start thinking about it as a means to an end, rather than an end in and of itself. My most vivid memory from the School of Education was keeping a moon journal in Eleanor Duckworth's class on Teaching and Learning, and realizing that great teaching and learning might not have anything to do with sitting in front of a computer!
After Harvard I worked as a course developer and later as director of corporate education at a startup that produces online courses for lawyers and corporate executives. For four years I worked as an Academic Technology Advisor in Boston at Noble & Greenough School, developing and facilitating interdisciplinary projects in the middle school.
In 2007 I was selected as one of two Apple Distinguished Educators from the state of Massachusetts. In 2008 I was selected by Apple to work with twenty other teachers from around the country to design a 21st century curriculum called Apple Classroom of Tomorrow 2 -- a successor to a ten-year longitudinal study that provided the first research-based data of the effect of a 1:1 computing environment on teaching and learning in the classroom.
I am currently a Technology Resource teacher at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii (my alma mater!) I support the use of technology in the classroom by working with teachers to develop hands-on units that use technology tools to enhance their curriculum and extend student learning. What appeals to me most is the wide range of opportunity that I have to develop classes and curricula that will broaden the scope of our computer science department to appeal to a wider range of students, particularly non-programmers and students wishing to explore the broadening issues of equity, ethics, and legal boundaries at the intersection of technology and society.
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With your work as a Technology Resource Teacher, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service. By the way I graduated from Saint Louis School and the University of Hawaii
Happy New Year! I was wondering if you, your educator contacts or students would be interested in participating in a nationwide Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. We'd really like to get more students involved from Hawaii!
You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this classroom20 network is no exception. (I've also sent this out on other Ning networks you may be a part of.) My name is Marco Morales; I am a 20 year old college student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin College students (we're in Needham,MA, and engineering students) who has taken a year off to work on an education related project. I found you when I searched for middle schools on classroom20, and since our project is specific to middle schools, I thought you might be interested! Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:
Under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum and other web tools, we hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2008, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools want to pilot and use at their schools, while allowing individual teachers to implement this tool in their own classroom.
Our project, titled Alight Learning, is currently trying to win an idea competition on Ideablob.com You can find us at http://ideablob.com/3975. We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start.
Feel free to email me back, check out alightlearning.com, anything you like!