Instead of returning to the 5th grade classroom, I got hired to teach a new program called "Entertainment Technology Academy." This means I will be teaching students how to code and create video games. I also will be helping teachers integrate Web 2.0 tools into their curriculum. I'm pretty sure this is the absolute perfect job for me. I work for a large 1:1 School District, and am so thankful that we have a superintendent that believes in technology, and preparing our students for the real world. Did you know that 65% of jobs that our current elementary students will obtain when they graduate college haven't even been invented? Most of those have to do with computer science and technology. Do students need a class like this? Absolutely.
ETA is only being put in 5 elementary schools in our district at the moment. The four other ETA teachers and I have spent a lot of time writing curriculum, making connections with companies, and gathering supplies. We have been unable to find a program like ours in the US for an elementary level, so we are writing everything from Scratch to feed the needs of our particular students.
Follow along as I blog about my new adventure. Yes there will be successes, but I'm also preparing for failures. Sometimes life is trial and error, but I am so excited to see how everything works out. The kids, parents, faculty, and school district officials are excited, and so am I. It's going to be a wonderful adventure on the mountain!
(For more information on the ETA program, click on the "ETA" tab on the left hand side of the web page.)