Summer is A State of Mind

Today, the 2013-14 academic year begins at Quest with our new faculty orientation. Tomorrow, we are having PLC  leadership meetings in the morning and the full faculty meets for lunch and its opening meeting. For those of us who work 12 months, this is an interesting time. Unlike our colleagues, many who have taken trips or had other great experiences, they have had a chance to relax, rest, and rejuvenate. Especially for us in IT departments in a normal year, this would be a time to make sure all the accounts are set up, upgrades are completed, and new initiatives […]

Why the Maker Movement is Gaining Popularity in Schools

This past week, the Center for Digital Education published an article, “Why the Maker Movement is Popular in Schools.” This article, which includes part of an interview the author, Tanya Riscorla, conducted with me, makes the case for the pendulum moving back towards the student-centered, constructivist environment envisioned by many, including John Dewey. As we head into our faculty meetings this week, I am excited to hear the feedback from our faculty, who read the book, Invent to Learn by Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez, who was also quoted in Riscorla’s article. I have already had conversations with two colleagues and they are […]