In the fall of 2013 I joined the South Fayette School District team as an outreach coordinator to share their STEAM computational thinking model with two other schools – the Fort Cherry School District and the Manchester Academic Charter School. The project for the fall focuses on the use of Scratch with elementary students. After the new year we’ll move into eTextiles, with a team from Indiana University providing support, and App Inventor, with a team from MIT supplying training and help.
In October I joined a team of educators to plan and stage the first edcampPGH unconference in the region. Over 80 educators and students gathered at City Charter High School in Downtown Pittsburgh for a day of conversation and learning. The next edcampPGH will take place at the The Ellis School on April 5.
I help to coordinate several other events in the Pittsburgh region. For 15 years I’ve worked on the Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference (TRETC). The Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference took place on November 19 and 20 at the Four Points Sheraton in Cranberry hitting new records for attendees and vendor participation. For the past six years I’ve coordinated the The Quality Classroom Consortium (QCC). The fall event occurred at the South Fayette School District. Over 70 people attended from around the state.
I work with Zulama, a Pittsburgh based company. Zulama offers a game-based program for K-12 schools. I’m part of a team that provides professional development for educators learning about the Zulama Entertainment Technology Academy. In December 2013 I joined Bev Vailencourt and Mary Wilson, two of the other Zulama team members for a training session. We had people come not only from the Pittsburgh region, but from Ohio and a straggler from Prince Edward Island.