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Bringing the fun to ed tech

To be sure, there are people who understand more about certain technologies than Dr. Joy Egbert. But arguably nobody knows more than Dr. Egbert on how to implement that technology into curriculum… how to help teachers engage students in the right way with it.

The Harvest Foundation knows this. It was created in 2000 as a private, family foundation to provide funding for education, specifically for K-12 teacher training in technology, and to support art programs. The Foundation awards grants totaling approximately $500,000 annually.

One grant has helped Dr. Egbert host the LunchTime Tech series. One recent event, in the Cleveland Hall first floor foyer, included Minecraft and video green screen activities for students to take part in.

Minecraft

In addition to the free pizza and drinks (always appreciated by poor, starving college students), 10 Minecraft subscriptions were given away.

A special thanks to the Harvest Foundation for its support. We look forward to Dr. Egbert continuing this work.

Playing host; creating memories

By C. Brandon Chapman

With the help of two WSU principal certification students, school districts in Battle Ground and Vancouver hosted principals from St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands) and showed them how technology was being integrated into instruction in their respective districts.

The principals are recipients of a U.S. Department of Education grant. The grant is managed by the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE). The NCCE’s annual conference was taking place in Portland, and, since they were so close to Washington state, a visit made sense.

“As part of the grant, the St. Thomas principals were here to observe, get ideas, and collaborate with local educators, as well as reap the benefits of the NCCE Conference,” said Glenn Malone, coordinator for the principal and program administrator certifications. “We wanted them to tour local schools to see how we were doing it here.”

The tour included a trip to the WSU Vancouver campus.

In order to make sure the visit went off without a hitch, Malone enlisted the help of two of the College of Education’s principal certification and Master of Education candidates helped organize the visits: April Vonderharr from Battle Ground, and Solina Journey from Vancouver.

“Kudos to April & Solina for setting up this fantastic day of sharing and learning,” Malone said. “It was very succesful for all.”

Here are two Battle Ground School District write-ups:

http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=470079fac988677965e6b997d&id=cfed1e860c&e=80384cc5b2

http://www.battlegroundps.org/blog/schooladministratorstakebgpstechstrategybacktocaribbean

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