Many people fear that technology will distract students but we believe that a computer-based education is the next step in providing a better education for our students.
Instead of holding students back, technology-driven education can prepare them for success within our modern world.
Northwest Council for Computer Education, NCCE, is an organization whose goal is to assist educational communities and institutions to reach a higher level of education. They offer conferences, training, and certifications for educators to learn how to provide an education enhanced with technology.
Their programs include topics such as Microsoft training, ISTE certification, game-based learning, and more. Every year NCCE conducts conferences for teachers sponsored by technology-based organizations such as Microsoft and Spartech. In addition, they recruit guest speakers from all over the world and the educational industry to lead the conference.
Computer-based education has become popular now more than ever. As a result, many educational organizations are spreading their knowledge on how to create a technology-enhanced education for their students. Computer education has the ability to improve the quality of learning as well as teaching. Students are able to process and experience their classes in a new personalized way.
Technology has already begun to change the roles of teachers and learners. In the traditional classroom, the teacher is the primary source of information, and the students passively receive the information. However, thanks to technology, the idea of the classroom is shifting and so is the teacher’s role.
Instead of leading the discussion, many educators are taking a new role of guiding their students and letting them take charge of their learning experience. Many schools across the country are redesigning their classroom experience to encourage more in-depth discussions and small group work while using technology to empower their students.
Not only will students become active participants in their education, but they also gain basic knowledge and skills to successfully operate technology.
As a Microsoft showcase school that understands the importance of a blended learning environment, we partake in the NCCE conferences every year. Not only do we watch and learn from the conference, but we also actively participate in it as well. Dr. Michelle Zimmerman, our executive director, was a guest speaker for the conference this year.
It was important to Dr. Zimmerman, that she presented The Social Dilemma to the audience in order to start a conversation within the community. The documentary which aired on Netflix highlights both the positive and negative aspects of social media and some unintended consequences that emerge.
In addition, she presented some techniques that have been incorporated here at Renton Prep so that other educators may implement them as well. One activity that she highlighted during the virtual conference was the Tech for Good Challenge created by Microsoft & WE Charity.
This challenge required an element of service-learning and a connection to the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development. In addition, the challenge illustrated the International Society for Technology in Education Standards. The students’ project at Renton Prep was selected out of 440 global submissions as the winner for Creative Communicator.
Here at Renton Prep, we are constantly striving to enhance our teaching methods to better prepare our students for their future. Contact us today to learn more about our school, educational practices, and innovative environment. Enrollment applications for the 2021-2022 school year for early childhood through 10th grade are currently open.