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Technology & Creativity
Blend to Deepen Learning
Artistic processes & curiosity drive tech-enabled teaching.

Blair Dual La
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Waukesha, W hool,
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Bullis Charter Scho
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Los Altos, Californi

T

he pressure to incorporate
technology into schools
feels intense. With 20,000
new apps added to iTunes
each month, keeping
abreast of new educational
technology is overwhelming. Too
often, technology's bells and whistles
dominate discussions instead
of planning around students'
curiosity and capability and the
school's curriculum goals. The
U.S. Department of Education
Office of Educational Technology
crafted guidance in its report,
Future Ready Learning: Reimagining
the Role of Technology in Education.
The recommendations begin by
calibrating the focus on learning-
to engage and empower.
According to the guidance, "all
learners will have engaging and
empowering learning experiences

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in both formal and informal settings
that prepare them to be active,
creative, knowledgeable, and ethical
participants in our globally connected
society." Putting the student, instead
of the technology, in the center of
the discourse helps educators avoid
the tempting distraction of focusing
on what the technology does. Schools
that have done this have shared their
stories to inspire others.

Art Electrifies and Conducts
There is an electrifying buzz
throughout North Summit
Elementary School in Coalville, Utah.
A symphony of moving sculptures
ring, swing, and hum per students'
directions. The kinetic art gallery is
filled with student-designed bionic
characters that move using hydraulics
and magnetic levitation-all visualized
and crafted by students in grades

Principal Special Supplement ■ September/October 2016

K-4. Principal Lori O'Connor and
her creative leadership team wanted
to harness the energy of STEAM
(Science-Technology-EngineeringArt-Math integration) to electrify
learning. Their schoolwide, yearlong
project, "Artistic Robots Showcase
Creativity and Tech Skills," accelerated
beyond expectations.
"The display of artistically designed
student inventions is amazing. But
what I'm most proud of is how
children are using the scientific
language and engineering process
in their daily conversations and
work. When I heard playground
conversations around increased
motion due to aerodynamic design,
I knew they really got it and applied
learning beyond the gallery project,"
O'Connor explained.
Students learned about hydraulics
when they controlled water pressure
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