As a business and entrepreneurship teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, I sponsor two school clubs for students at South Shore International College Prep High School: Business Professionals of America (BPA) and Magnetar Youth Investment Academy. This year, I am renewing my National Board certification and working on my dissertation in Instructional Technology. I have served as treasurer and on the board for the Chicago Area Professionals chapter of the Illinois Computing Educators, an organization that fosters and promotes technology integration in school curriculum.
What does your ideal school or classroom look like?
My ideal classroom has different spaces for student interaction. One area would be for instruction and group activities. The area would have movable chair with attached rotating arms for wireless PC or tablets when need. A presentation podium with access to an interactive whiteboard, document camera, and project would anchor this area. A Swivl camera would be available to capture lectures and discussion for later viewing. Another area would be designed for collaboration with tables for groups of 4-6 students away from the instructional area. The final area would be a makerspace with 3-D printers, laser cutters, robots, paper, cardboard, and other tools used to create products. Tablets to record student activities would be available in all areas in the classroom. The classroom would be wired for high-speed internet access, offer server space in the cloud, and provide access to all devices from each laptop and tablet.
If you were to lead a session at Edcamp USDOED, what would it be about?
Have you ever attended an Edcamp?