I taught Visual Arts and STEAM in my local public school district for over 12 years before focusing my work with students and teachers on my personal passion of the successful implementation of Project Based Learning (PBL) and Educational Technology. I believe all students can learn and succeed, given equal access to appropriate tools, opportunities and resources, and this drives my current work as an Educational Technology Coach in our district. I am an avid lifelong learner who loves ideas and making connections, so edcamp was a natural fit for me, prompting the founding of EdCamp GigCity in Chattanooga. My goal as an Edcamp Organizer is to foster meaningful connections among educators and provide opportunities to learn together, and I believe these learning connections will benefit all our students.
What does your ideal school or classroom look like?
My ideal classroom is a flexible, colorful hive of a space. A space that encourages creativity, collaboration, independence, discovery, and engagement. My ideal classroom has "zones" to encourage different activities and approaches: one space has a couch, comfortable chairs, rugs, lamps, and books; one space has a studio of art supplies and workspace; one space has materials for tinkering, making, 3D printing, computing and lego-style building, one space in the middle has large tables with stools; one space has comfortable chairs in a discussion-style arrangement; one space has a greenscreen wall and a photo/video setup; one space is dedicated to supply storage, with everything labeled and available for student use; one space has a door to our outdoor garden, greenhouse and workshop; one space has a large screen for videocalls and presentations. The students in my ideal classroom all have access to a tablet device with reliable wifi to document their processes, analyze the data they collect, conduct relevant research, and create products to share their learning. My classroom has a mix of smiles, laughter, concentration, quiet, looks of curiosity & confusion, looks of victory & wonder, and lots of "atta-girl"s and "atta-boy"s!
If you were to lead a session at Edcamp USDOED, what would it be about?
Transforming the Curriculum for Students through PBL
Have you ever attended an Edcamp before?