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WHAT IS THE MAKERSPACE/INNOVATION CENTER AT DKJA?    

Kids are naturally creative and we at DKJA believe that every classroom should be filled with creativity and wonder.

This new place was created for student-centered learning, where teachers assume the role of facilitator.  This is a place where children accept failure as a step closer to success, not an opportunity to give up. What types of things might you see students working on in this Makerspace? Here are some examples:

  • Cardboard construction
  • Prototyping
  • Electronics
  • Robotics
  • 3 D design
  • Textiles and sewing

Students have a dedicated time and space where they are assisted in the process of becoming makers, designers, artists and engineers. Something happens when students discover these powerful tools, problem-solving, critical thinking, and imagination.  It is these tools that will shape the world’s future.

DIGITAL LEARNING DAY - FEBRUARY 23, 2017    
Why celebrate digital learning?
There are so many new types of digital devices, software and mobile apps always being developed, it’s hard to keep up with the latest and greatest advancements in educational technology. In some classrooms across the country, educators are doing some pretty amazing things with technology. Yet, these innovations are confined to a small number of schools and communities. Digital Learning Day is a way to actively spread innovative practices and ensure that all students have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities no matter where they live.

In DKJA digital learning has been effectively used to strengthen student's learning.  Teachers have been emphasizing high-quality instruction, providing access to challenging content, feedback through formative assessment, opportunities for learning anytime and anywhere, and individualized instruction to ensure all students reach their full potential.

Although our teachers incorporate digital learning everyday, on February 23rd, Digital Learning Day, we are going to highlight great teaching practices and showcase innovative teachers and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes. All grades from Kindergarten through 12th grade will be involved and we see this day as a way to promote the effective use of modern day tools to improve the learning experiences.

 Holley Stabler
Dean of Technology Integration K-12
Head of Science K-5
Makerspace Supervisor

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