Makerspace, hackerspace or fablab? What’s in a name?
In the past decade, the terms makerspace, hackerspace and fablab have appeared on the horizon. These are new names for what people have always done—come together to fix things, make new things and learn from each other, says DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker Sylvia Martinez, who is co-author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom.
To improve writing instruction, help teachers understand it
Literacy is perhaps the most fundamental academic skill there is. But too often, literacy seems to mean reading, and the flip side of the coin, writing, gets limited attention, says guest columnist and former classroom teacher Dea Auray, who is the founder of Empowering Writers.
A win for students—and a PR win for the school board
Unless you are a lottery winner or have unlimited disposable income each month, the start of school calls for most parents to financially prepare for the requested back-to-school supplies. Our district found a way to reduce that burden, says guest columnist Dan Brigman, superintendent for Laurens County Schools in Georgia.
How IT leaders can start the school year off right
Partnering with the IT team to celebrate achievements, review targets, and address the new year’s goals and expectations are key to success, says Lenny Schad, District Administration’s chief information and innovation officer and technology editor-at-large.
Using a startup mindset in K-12
Schools are experiencing a dramatic shift in how they’re run through the landscape of technology, says guest columnist Matthew X. Joseph, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment in Leicester Public Schools. Enhancing school culture through technology requires a dynamic combination of mindset, behaviors and skills.