Another Example of How Building A Network Benefits Students

One of the exciting things about our high school (and school system) establishing a digital presence has been the doors that have been opened for staff and students to connect with others and build their own learning networks.  The video above is the most recent example, featuring Hannah Lienhard a sophomore at BHS. Hannah and (a few other BHS students) had an opportunity to beta test a new app (Hakitzu) from Kuato Studios that is due to be released in the app store in the next week and then provide feedback to the developers on the experience.  
There is another video that features a few more BHS students and some students from New Milford High School in New Jersey who also had an opportunity to try out the game which teaches students how to code by having them take on an opponent in a one-on-one battle where each player controls a robot.  The players then move the robot around an arena and deploy different weapons by writing code. 
Excitement around the release of this game has been building as evidenced by a recent feature on CNN.  These types of opportunities are available to more schools and students if they are willing to extend themselves and build a learning network for themselves. We truly believe that students that learn how to do this will have an advantage over those who do not. 

Here are a few other examples of the ways that our staff and students are connecting with others, building their learning networks, and establishing a digital identity. 

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October Principal Leadership Article On Technology Integration

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The October issue of Principal Leadership arrived in the mail this week and it featured a Question and Answer article with the 2012 NASSP Digital Principal Award Winners.  Thanks to NASSP for allowing an opportunity to share some of the wonderful things happening in Burlington.  My two biggest takeaways from this are:

  1. I am extremely fortunate to work in a place that supports the integration of technology into our schools.
  2. Building a personal learning network (PLN) has been and continues to be the most amazing learning experience. I owe endless gratitude to my PLN for making supporting my learning and helping me have experiences I never dreamed possible.
By the way, while bullet number-one above may depend on where you work, bullet number-two is available to anyone who wants to take advantage of the amazing resources that are available to all learners. 
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