nology wizards and teacher advisers
completed a survey in February 2008,
and this is what the data revealed:
What we heard was the sound of learning. There was also the
exuberance and enthusiasm of the students as they were
all engaged in the task.
• All of the technology wizards
participated in or led at least two
professional development trainings
• Five of the students participated in
or led trainings for teachers four or
• Twenty-two students indicated
that teachers in their schools used
technology in the classroom more
frequently than the previous year.
• Ten students indicated that teachers
in their schools used new or different technology that year.
• Hands-on practice and working in
small groups were the two most effective methods of learning for the
The technology wizards planned
to conclude their year with a showcase
of their work, an event that district
superintendents, curriculum and
instruction directors, technology
directors, principals, teachers, and
parents would attend. However, there
was a surprise in store for everyone
involved with the program. Carbon
Lehigh Intermediate Unit has collaborated with Discovery Education
for several years, and when Discovery
representatives learned of the Technology Wizard program, they offered
to host a special Tech Wizard Day at
Discovery Communications headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.
On June 4, 2008, members of the Tech
Wizards, their advisers, and the CLIU
21 Tech Wizard Team participated in
a field trip to Discovery Communication headquarters and the offices of
the National Cable and Telecommunications Association.
To view complete details of the Tech
Wizards program as well as examples
of student work, videos of student
presentations, and the Discovery
Communication field trip, visit http://
Partnership For 21st Century Skills:
Beth Breiner has been
involved with educational
instruction, and teaching to
the multiple intelligences for
more than 15 years. She has
presented workshops on these
topics at numerous conferences.
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