2019 Fall

Photos CC BY 4.0 Norton Gusky

As the co-chair of the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) Emerging Technologies Committee I sometimes represent the organization at national, state or regional events. This fall I worked on the new 2020 version of the Driving Innovation project with educational experts from around the globe. In addition, I joined the State of XR and Immersive Learning Panel as a CoSN representative.

In October I coordinated the Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference (TRETC) at Baldwin High School, a suburban school district just outside the city of Pittsburgh. This year’s theme focused on Technology and the Future of Learning with a series of Ignite Talks from projects that were part of Remake Learning’s HundrED spotlight on Educational Innovation in Pittsburgh. I also moderated a panel discussion on CyberSecurity and Safety in Schools.

This fall the Energy Innovation Center (EIC) kicked off a new series of Design Challenges  with high school students from the Parkway West consortium of schools.  One of the Design Challenges engaged students to come up with ways for the EIC to use the facility as both a training and tournament site for eSports. The second Design Challenge asked the students to think of ways to use the new Robert Morris University Rapid Prototyping Lab at the EIC to design a mobile green wall with a robotics maintenance system.

For six years I served on the Board of the Manchester Academic Charter School (MACS). This fall MACS moved its middle school into the new MuseumLab, an extension of the Children’s Museum. I had a chance to visit MACS and see the new learning space in action.

In October I joined AYA Instruments for the installation of a new Solar Discovery Zone with weather station at the Community Day School in Squirrel Hill. AYA also installed a new Discovery Zone for the West Allegheny Middle School.

In August an article about my work on the EIC’s Design Challenges appeared in Global Search for Education. Cathy M. Rubin interviewed me for the article.