I teach 150 middle schoolers (7th and 8th graders) in my building per semester. They have chosen to take technology as an elective. This group includes a wide variety of students, from those identified as gifted and talented, to students identified as special education students who need support with an individual education plan. My experience with them has taught me that they think they are "too cool for school" and usually have to be coerced into learning. Once their interest is piqued, they never cease to amaze me with their ability to learn. They are digital natives and can usually teach me a thing or two.
My students want their education to be relevant and mirror real-life experiences.
I want to give them the opportunity to shine. I want to support all the needs of my students. Together, we are a most excellent team.
Staying current with the latest educational technology is such a challenge but it is one that my classes are anxious to complete. Recently we received two Zumi AI (artificial intelligence) programmable cars. We can't wait to get started using them.
I want my students to see real-world applications of the technology we are learning.
This Zumitown mat will allow us to create challenges such as the most efficient pizza delivery routes, planning school bus and public transportation routes, or even a long list of errands in the least number of miles. With this mat, my students will get to experience being civil and transportation engineers within the confines of our classroom.
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