NEWS: Minecraft Edu offers free ed content! Info Washing Post, Mar 24: Monecraft offers free Ed'l mods.
Unfortunately, Minecraft will not run on Chromebooks as the OS (operating system) is built for simplicity, not gaming. If you have any other OS, that's the ticket.
CLOSURE LESSONS: Grades 6, 7, and 8 Technology Learning opportunities during school closure will be posted to the Technology Education Google Classroom (Tech. Ed.) There's a REQUEST form, tech tips, Sandbox software suggestions, articles, and will keep building.
Grades 3, 4, and 5 will be posted to their respective grade Google Classroom.
For Technology Education during the closure, there won't be graded assignments. While the word "assignment" may be used, it is only a suggested technology practice.
Take frequent breaks from technology. Stay calm and cool. Look away, stretch. Practice mindfulness: breathe deeply and consciously.
There are many ways our world is utilizing technology to stem this pathogen, and stay connected. And of course, there is technology spreading disinformation, either accidentally or purposefully...
Assignment #2: Use your social media tools wisely!
Below is a link to a short but interesting graphical simulation of people movement during an infectious outbreak by the Washington Post. It illustrates the effectiveness of a population willfully "distancing". Data is from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering. The simulation takes two minutes to view.
The tech world is huge, fast moving, and powerful - our students need to be prepared for it.
Future citizens need to learn 'how to learn' new software and electronic applications, how to solve problems new technical systems will present, how to effectively utilize and be aware of the pitfalls and rabbit holes of networks and the web, and how to balance the digital and the real world. Media literacy, understanding how data is used and misused, navigating the perilous land of youtube or Snapchat, discovering how to express themselves well, safely, and appropriately with technical tools, how to build their own understanding, expression, and ideas with electronic tools in a rapidly evolving social/digital environment - these are the technology challenges our "digital natives" face. Building understanding and flexibility for these future citizens is the goal of Technology Education.
Empowering connected learners in a connected world - International Society of Technology Educators (ISTE)
As educators, we are preparing students for a future that we cannot yet imagine. Empowering students to become lifelong learners and providing them with the skills to face future challenges resourcefully and creatively is critical. It’s not about using digital tools to support outdated education strategies and models; it’s about tapping into technology’s potential to amplify human capacity for collaboration, creativity and communication. It’s about leveling the playing field and providing young people worldwide with equitable access to powerful learning opportunities.
Phone: (508) 696-7738 ext. 224
Degrees and Certifications:
Instructional Design and Technology
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
B.F.A. (Fine Arts)
Photography, Graphic Design, Illustration
Tyler School of Art
International Society of Technology Educators (ISTE)
Mr. Alan J Mahoney
WTS 2014-present; MVRHS 2010-14
mvEye Media/MV Tech Inc. - Web and Visual Design 2003-10; Rite-Solutions, Inc. - Submarine Systems Design 2005-10
General Dynamics, Electric Boat - Interactive Training Systems Design, Systems Design 1989-99
UNC Charlotte - Photographer, Public Information 1986-9; Ron Chapple Photography, Photographer, Studio Manager 1982-6
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