Creative Learning Systems is partnering with the North Dakota Center for Distance Education to develop a SmartLab program to support blended learning for the state's rural communities. Dr. Alan Peterson, Director of ND CDE, is the visionary behind this this innovative initiative. Dr. Peterson recently shared his thinking behind integrating SmartLabs in the North Dakota educational mission on his blog.
You can read his blog here: http://blogs.edutech.nodak.edu/alanpeterson/2015/05/19/julius-my-path-to-a-smart-choice/
Doug Haller, our Facilitator Support Specialist, recently had the pleasure of attending capstone presentations at Cresthill Middle School in Highlands Ranch, CO. Facilitator Trina Chambers invited parents and Creative Learning Systems staff to observe and provide constructive criticism to students on their final projects. Students shared the results of a two-week intensive study and enthusiastically answered questions that demonstrated their knowledge and experience in the SmartLab.
Doug was struck by the variety and depth of student projects. He was particularly impressed by the extent to which learners combined their knowledge and skills in multiple technologies and resources. By studying images from Google Earth, one team replicated landmasses in SimCity and examined the urban planning implications. Two other students compared and contrasted software engineering platforms AppInventor and Scratch while coding in each.
We relish every opportunity we get to see the great project work that takes place every day in SmartLabs all across the country. Thanks Cresthill for inviting us to participate in your capstone presentations!
Check out this great video produced by Chicago Public School's Tilton Elementary! A wonderful glimpse into what Tilton students are exploring in the SmartLab!!