Our Dunham team spent a great week exploring creativity and innovation in learning at the national ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) education conference in New Orleans this summer.
A highlight of the conference was the introduction of Dunham Director of Innovation and Technology Nikole Blanchard as the new President-Elect for the national ISTE Board.
Several Dunham teachers presented, formally and informally sharing about the many ways technology is used in the classroom to help students learn:
Lower School teachers Morgan Reech and Caroline Breard shared “Hit a Homerun with SeeSaw” in the Early Learning Playground. As SeeSaw Ambassadors, they shared classroom experiences and expertise as they focused on student creativity, classroom management, parent involvement, and the SeeSaw resource library!
Tech Center associate Mary E. Carruth presented with other Louisiana educators about ISTE Certification and how it has helped her as a technology coach at Dunham. She also presented with her“smackdown” of 60 useful tech tools aligned with the ISTE Standards. Carruth is part of a group of presenters who all were members of a cohort of current and former associates of the Educational Technology Master’s program at Nicholls State University.
US History teacher Kris Harrell presented “Turn the Pages on Exams,” a summary of his action research with the Apple Distinguished School programs, sharing how Dunham has added project-based assessments to the History curriculum.
Rising Dunham 5th grader Bert Blanchard ’30 and Middle School STEM teacher Ed Van Haute wowed attendees with their presentation at the national ISTE (International Society for Technology Education) education conference held recently in New Orleans. Following a brief overview of Dunham’s Innovation program, this dynamic duo demonstrated a variety of classroom innovation projects for educators. Bert created a folding pelican that all Dunham 3rd graders make during their annual study of Louisiana. Van Haute then worked with Bert to create a moving fixture on a Mardi Gras float. Finally, Bert coded a Servpro robot to make an alligator rotate. During that presentation, MS History teacher Rob Sullivan also shared a word about how he and Van Haute are collaborating on the using CAD Design in History lessons this upcoming school year. As a result of their presentation, Bert and Van Haute have been invited to do a similar demonstration at the state LACUE (Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators) conference scheduled for December 2022 in New Orleans.