WHAT WORKS! Canon McMillan School District
L by Cyndy Carroll
ast week, a new group of third grade education and a budget of $3,000 and told
students started my technology me to develop a program for 800 students
education program. Today, when per year. I had a lot to accomplish very lines on themselves with different colors
I walked through the “multipurpose quickly, so I started with the basics. The (inch lines black, ½” lines red…). We play
room,” I heard a student exclaim to his Pennsylvania Tech Ed Standards have three games measuring all kinds of stuff so they
friend enthusiastically, “Hey! Technology main categories: Physical Technology see it, use it, and begin to understand it. I
is today!” The friend replied “Really? Oh (design, tools, inventions), Informational cut up apples and show them examples of
cool!” I get responses like that a lot. I once Technology (computers, video, GPS), and wholes and halves (sometimes we eat the
even had a group of students cheer and Biotechnology (hydroponics, medical apples!). Showing them examples of things
clap when I walked in the room with a cart equipment, materials). I try to cover a that they’ve seen their whole lives makes it
of my stuff. How many teachers can say spectrum from all three areas. My program real. The concept of fractions is introduced
that they get that level of response from evolves each year as I acquire materials, late in the third grade math curriculum.
their students? equipment, and ways of presenting Learning measurement in the technology
information. education program makes students’
I teach technology education for the Canon understanding of fractions come alive.
McMillan School District. I teach third and My setup is mobile because I teach at The carrot that I have in Tech Ed is that
fourth graders at seven elementary schools. seven different schools. I teach a class measurement is a tool.