At the beginning of December the three ITRTs from Amherst were allowed to attend the VSTE Conference held in Hampton. Whenever I attend a conference I try to stay away from vendors because I know I will want to spend money I don't have. I stick to the sessions. However, one vendor set up right across the room from some of my sessions and brought children in to showcase what they had created using the vendor's product. I saw second grade children use basic programming skills coupled with a product called makey makey to do some really cool things. SECOND GRADERS were programming and coding! I was hooked.
I came home and asked my technology supervisor for a makey makey to experiment with but was told we didn't have the money. Bummer! So I went to a site called Donors Choose and applied for a mini grant to purchase four makey makeys. By the end of December my grant was funded and today my makey makeys arrived at my school. I can't wait to use these with the students!
_Hi, my name is Melanie Lewis. I am an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for Amherst County Public Schools,
located in the beautiful state of Virginia. I LOVE my job! I get to
work on my hobby, anything that has to do with computers. I get to work
with teachers and students, and I am definitely a people person. Plus,
I DO NOT have to give grades. Wonderful, huh? Let me know how I can help you better integrate technology into your classroom.
ACPS' 1st computers
I know only one thing about the technology that awaits us in the future: We will find ways to tell stories with it. ~Jason Ohler