- What is High Tech High (HTH)?
- What is the goal or purpose of HTH?
- How does it work?
- What makes student learning at High Tech High different from student learning in New Brunswick?
Research on "High Tech High"
For my own research, I've been looking into "High Tech High". Yes, I've heard of it before. However, I've never actually researched it -- I just made assumptions and moved on. Now, it's time to actually do the research.
New Position at EECD
Yesterday, I began my new position as an Educational Consultant with our provincial education department! (EECD refers to the "Department of Education and Early Childhood Development".)
I am just starting out, but will ultimately be responsible for facilitating teacher professional and curriculum development around computer science including computer programming, tech support, cybersecurity, electronics and other topics!
These are very exciting times!
Would you like to contribute? Please use the Contact form or leave a comment below! I'd love to hear from you!
New Year at HCS
It's a new year at HCS and a great chance for me to try new things.
My course load for Semester #1:
I will likely be coaching other sports, especially volleyball, but will have to see when the season comes around in April.
If you live in the Hartland area and are interested in helping out with any of these, please use the Contact Form on my site to let me know!
For a number of years, I've been promoting computer coding with my students. In 2005, I started with Squeak and Python. In 2006-2014, I stuck with Scratch 1.4 and then Scratch 2.0.
Then, this past year, I dove into Vizwik.com and my students had a great time developing phone apps using a drag-and-drop interface. It was a bit tricky at first, by my tutorial videos seemed to help. I highly recommend Vizwik for teachers looking to teach coding where students have moved on from Scratch.
(ps. Vizwik requires Google Chrome).
And for years I've been recommending Python, while I haven't taken my own students there (since my "calculator" disaster in 2005). I have recommended a number of teachers send their students to inventwithpython.com and they claim the students really enjoyed these activities.
Now, it's time for me to bring text coding back into my studies. to branch out
Being a temporary-contract teacher in New Brunswick is tough these days. Since our provincial government announced 250 teacher positions being reduced, we've been in a state of shock while holding our breath.
So, I was thrilled to be hired back to HCS for the 2015-2016 year. So far, my course load is Visual Art (as before) and an assortment of other courses. Very happy to have a job.
When I know more, I'll post it here! :-)
Hope everyone is having a great summer!
New Semester at HCS
Here we are, starting a new semester at Hartland Community School.
We moved to Hartland in September and now it's the end of January! Wow!
Here's my course load! Very busy!
Everything in one screen (good for my colleagues).
In Semester #2:
In Semester #1:
Today, got a guided tour of the United Technology Center in Bangor, Maine.
Wow. So jealous! I don't even know where to start!
NY Times -- Waldorf School in Silicon Valley ... doesn't have computers!
Now, how do you reconcile this with all the other drivers to include computers in the classroom?
Are computers a distraction that kills attention span?
Or are computers a remedy for the 21st Century?
Posted by ingvihrannar | February 26, 2014 | English
Saying that it has always been this way, doesn’t count as a legitimate justification to why it should stay that way. Teacher and administrators all over the world are doing amazing things, but some of the things we are still doing, despite all the new solutions, research and ideas out there is, to put it mildly, incredible.
I’m not saying we should just make the current system better… we should change it into something else.
Atlantic Learn to Code Week!
Atlantic Learn To Code Week is
I'm leading a few hands-on workshops using 'Scratch' software. (My 'Scratch' workshop notes are here.)
Private sector events:
Author: Graham Rich
Contact Mr. Rich
Currently employed with
New Brunswick's Department of Education (also known as EECD)
- IT/BBT/Graphics (10 years)
- Visual Arts (2 years)
- Woodworking (2 years)
- English 123 and Gr.9 (1 year)
- Raspberry Pi (bought here)
Favourite Software Tool:
- Scratch (from MIT)
- Vizwik (from AgoraMobile)
Favourite Software Language: