2020 Summer

Photos by Norton Gusky CC BY 4.0

Due to the COVID-19 situation most of my projects have been put on hold. I’m trying to plan for activities this fall, but like many people it’s uncertain what that might look like.

Usually at this time I’m working with the Energy Innovation Center (EIC) to kick off a new series of Design Challenges  with high school students from the Parkway West consortium of schools.  The Design Challenges are on hold until probably January 2021.

Even though I’m not officially working with Birdbrain Technologies, I’ve been promoting their At Home link for students and educators to program robots without Hummingbird Kits or Finches. Birdbrain still intends to roll out its new Finch 2.0 for the fall term. Like many edtech companies, Birdbrain is developing innovative strategies that will extend its creative and collaborative problem-solving during a time of physical distancing.

This spring I worked with the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) Emerging Technologies committee to begin to look at low tech ways for students and educators to connect to necessary resources during the COVID-19 crisis. Over the summer the Emerging Technologies Committee will continue to focus on this need as well as to prepare for our new report on Extended Reality (XR) and Immersive Learning. I’m also working on an article that will highlight best practices and why to use XR in an Immersive Learning environment for secondary students.

I’m once again consulting with the Manchester Academic Charter School (MACS). MACS intends to develop a hybrid solution for students in the fall. That will mean that students will have an opportunity to attend MACS from home, while other students are in class. MACS, like many of its counterparts, is looking at robotic technologies that will allow teachers and students to interact from both home and the classroom.