In this episode, school leaders discuss the importance of redesigning school spaces and classrooms that work best for kids in an ever-changing digital world. Among the topics discussed are maker spaces, classroom furniture and learning spaces, common areas for collaboration and “idea streets” that convert hallways into learning zones.
Travis has been an educator in the state of South Dakota going on 4 years. He has been both a classroom teacher and technology integrationist in grades K-8. Travis is a strong advocate of using new technology to enhance and engage students in learning.
Travis’s goal is to create learning experiences that empower and equip students with necessary skills to effectively produce and consume content across multiple media platforms. He also works hard to help educators feel confident when using technology. His goal is that all teachers would take risks and try new ways of engaging students.
Recently, Travis created a digital badge-based professional development platform with the help of Laura Fleming from New Milford High School. Laura's work on the digital badging was instrumental to helping educators learn about these new tools. Laura's mentorship through this process made it possible for Travis to create this same platform for his teachers. Laura also helped guide us on our journey with creating a Makerspace in our media center. This space has created a buzz in our media center and place where students want to come and tinker. This space is flexible and allows our students to be creative in what they do and design.
Travis has been selected to present at several conferences in the area. His passion for technology and engaging students is evident in everything he does.
Pam Moran serves as superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools in Va. Her district has approximately 13,700 students, Pk-12 in 26 schools located across 726 square miles. The district includes schools in rural, suburban and urban environments. The key focus of work in Albemarle is to ensure children graduate with lifelong learning competencies. To accomplish this, the district uses seven contemporary pathways to transform learning including making across the curricula. Pam values the opportunity to work with a school community of educators and young people who amaze and delight every day.
Glenn Robbins is currently the Lead Learner at the Northfield Community Middle School. He is a digital leader who embraces Twitter (@Glennr1809) and Voxer (Grobbins) to connect with educators from across the globe to better his students, staff and school as a whole. Feel free to follow his blog at http://connectedleadlearner.blogspot.com
About The Goin' Digital Show:
The Goin' Digital Show airs every other Tuesday night at 8 pm Eastern/7 pm Central on the Teach Cow Broadcasting Network at TeachCow.com. Hosted by Dr. Greg Goins, a veteran school superintendent in southern Illinois, The Goin' Digital Show is a live, one-hour Google Hangout that promotes the principles of Digital Leadership in K-12 schools and features many of the nation's top school superintendents, principals and innovators in public education. Connect with Dr. Goins on Twitter at @wfsuper or visit www.goindigital.com.