District Administration December2017 - 36

SPONSORED WEB SEMINAR DIGEST

Creating Project-Based
Learning Environments
Through Makerspaces
Transforming learning with technology
A District Administration Web Seminar Digest * Originally presented on September 27, 2017

In the Ventura USD in California, one low-achieving middle school at risk of closure was instead transformed
into the De Anza Academy ofTechnology and the Arts (DATA), a high-achieving magnet school. A significant
component in DATA's dramatic turnaround has been its innovative project-based and collaborative learning
environments and makerspaces, which employ technology as a central component.
In this web seminar, an educator from DATA discussed how the school's leadership is using technology
in innovative ways to create project-based learning environments through makerspaces, as well as some
strategies for doing the same in any school or district.

Alex Wulff: DATA Middle School was down to about
450 students, with a 100 percent poverty population,
and based on No Child Left Behind, was failing pretty
horribly. It looked as though the school was going to
be shut down. Then our district did something pretty
incredible. Instead of shutting the school down and
busing kids to high-achieving schools, they elected
to put in place a 1-to-1 technology initiative, bringing
innovative, project-based instruction. As a result, in the
past six years we've grown to close to 1,000 students
with a waiting list.
Thirty percent of our students come from outside of
the boundary, and those students are primarily from
middle- and upper-middle-class families. That creates
a dilemma for us, which is how do we meet the needs
of these super high-achieving students who are busing
in? How do we meet the needs of our unidentified
high-achievers who are in the neighborhood? And
then how do we also meet the needs of kids who are
struggling due to poverty, due to English language
challenges, etc.?
I reached the conclusion that the 1-to-1 initiative
and the ability to create custom learning experiences

for each of these sub groups is a huge advantage. We
have a STEM classroom, which is a giant makerspace
full of all kinds of goodies like CNC routers, 3D printers,
laser engravers, and drones that kids build and
program and fly. I also get the privilege of teaching
math and science project-based, and because of
the fact that DATA is on a block schedule-which is
another important aspect to integrating technology-I
get to see these kids for 100 minutes every day. That
means that we have these huge, meaningful chunks
of time in which we can implement PBL at a deep
level. It means that we can very quickly get kids up
to speed with technology proficiencies, how to access
and communicate through blogs, how to access all
kinds of open-source CAD and CAM programs, etc.
Obviously, having 1-to-1 has been instrumental in
allowing us to innovate.
The students are given lots of different choices,
are given lots of opportunities to fail early on and
to hopefully learn from those failures-but there's
a constant eye on specific standards and specific
outcomes that we're looking for. With 1-to-1, you have
incredible flexibility, not only to pinpoint where these

View, comment, share this story online at DAmag.me/acerdata
36 December 2017

District Administration


http://www.districtadministration.com/ws092717 http://www.DAmag.me/acerdata

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of District Administration December2017

District Administration December2017 - Cover1
District Administration December2017 - Cover2
District Administration December2017 - 1
District Administration December2017 - 2
District Administration December2017 - 3
District Administration December2017 - 4
District Administration December2017 - 5
District Administration December2017 - 6
District Administration December2017 - 7
District Administration December2017 - 8
District Administration December2017 - 9
District Administration December2017 - 10
District Administration December2017 - 11
District Administration December2017 - 12
District Administration December2017 - 13
District Administration December2017 - 14
District Administration December2017 - 15
District Administration December2017 - 16
District Administration December2017 - 17
District Administration December2017 - 18
District Administration December2017 - 19
District Administration December2017 - 20
District Administration December2017 - 21
District Administration December2017 - 22
District Administration December2017 - 23
District Administration December2017 - 24
District Administration December2017 - 25
District Administration December2017 - 26
District Administration December2017 - 27
District Administration December2017 - 28
District Administration December2017 - 29
District Administration December2017 - 30
District Administration December2017 - 31
District Administration December2017 - 32
District Administration December2017 - 33
District Administration December2017 - 34
District Administration December2017 - 35
District Administration December2017 - 36
District Administration December2017 - 37
District Administration December2017 - 38
District Administration December2017 - 39
District Administration December2017 - 40
District Administration December2017 - 41
District Administration December2017 - 42
District Administration December2017 - 43
District Administration December2017 - 44
District Administration December2017 - 45
District Administration December2017 - 46
District Administration December2017 - 47
District Administration December2017 - 48
District Administration December2017 - 49
District Administration December2017 - 50
District Administration December2017 - 51
District Administration December2017 - 52
District Administration December2017 - 53
District Administration December2017 - 54
District Administration December2017 - 55
District Administration December2017 - 56
District Administration December2017 - 57
District Administration December2017 - 58
District Administration December2017 - 59
District Administration December2017 - 60
District Administration December2017 - 61
District Administration December2017 - 62
District Administration December2017 - 63
District Administration December2017 - 64
District Administration December2017 - 65
District Administration December2017 - 66
District Administration December2017 - 67
District Administration December2017 - 68
District Administration December2017 - 69
District Administration December2017 - 70
District Administration December2017 - 71
District Administration December2017 - 72
District Administration December2017 - 73
District Administration December2017 - 74
District Administration December2017 - 75
District Administration December2017 - 76
District Administration December2017 - 77
District Administration December2017 - 78
District Administration December2017 - 79
District Administration December2017 - 80
District Administration December2017 - 81
District Administration December2017 - 82
District Administration December2017 - 83
District Administration December2017 - 84
District Administration December2017 - 85
District Administration December2017 - 86
District Administration December2017 - 87
District Administration December2017 - 88
District Administration December2017 - 89
District Administration December2017 - 90
District Administration December2017 - 91
District Administration December2017 - 92
District Administration December2017 - Cover3
District Administration December2017 - Cover4
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0120
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_1119
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_1019
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0919
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0719
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0619
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0519
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0419
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0319
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0219
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0119
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/TechX_1218
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_1218
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_1118
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_1018
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0918
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0818
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0718
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/TechX_0618
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0618v3
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0518
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0418
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0318
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0218
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0118
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_1217
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/TechX_1217
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_1117
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_1017
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0917
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0817
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0717
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0617
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/TechX_0617
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0517
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0417
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0317
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0217
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_SR0117Final
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0117
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_1216
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_1116
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_1016
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0916
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0816
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0716
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0616
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0516
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA0416
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0316
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0216
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA
http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/1215
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201511
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201510
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201509
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201508
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201507
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201505
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201505_AudioVisualSolutions
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201504
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201503
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201502
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201501
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201412
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201411
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201410
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201409
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201408
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201407
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201406
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201405
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201405_AudioVisualSolutions
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201404
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201403
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201402
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201401
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201312
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201311
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201310
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201309
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201308
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201307
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201306
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201305
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201303
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201302
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201301
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da201301_AudioVisualSolutions
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da1212
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da1112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da1012
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0912
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0712
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0612
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0512
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0412
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0312
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0212
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da_avguide0112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da1111
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da1011
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0911
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0711
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0611
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0511
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0411
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0311
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0211
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0111
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da1110
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da1010
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0710
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0610
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0510
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0410
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0310
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0210
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0110
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da1109
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da1009
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0909
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0809
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0609
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0509
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0409
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0309
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0209
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0109
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da1208
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da1108
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da1008
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0908
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0808
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0608
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0508
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0408
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0308
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0208
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0907
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0807
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0707
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0607
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0507
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0407
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0307
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0207
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0107
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da1206
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da1106
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da1006
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0906
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0806
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0706
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da-palm0606
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0606-av
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0606
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0406
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com