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Technology Teacher

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I have been the technology/computer teacher here at McKinley for 25 years. I received both my Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Colorado Christian University. My Master's Degree is in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in technology. My wife, Rachel, teaches English and Yearbook at CCHS.  I enjoy skiing, cooking, reading historical fiction, gardening, camping, kayaking, and hiking 14ers.

 

I've truly enjoyed working with so many students through the years... but things have certainly changed! We have new Chromebooks for every student in the school. School-wide we are embracing the blended learning model where technology is completely integrated into all areas of learning. This year, I will be spending half of my time co-teaching with every teacher in the classrooms to foster the blended learning model. Students and teachers are now in the process of implementing Google Classroom, a Learning Management System, where work/assignments are turned in online (in the cloud) as opposed to paper and pencil. In my tech classes, all students will turn in assignments through Google Classroom or other online apps such as Voicethread.

 

All of my curriculum is Internet-based including student podcasting and video tutorials and interactions (Voicethread, Padlet, EdPuzzle), Google Classroom, project and subject-based research, keyboarding skills, student assessments, and of course, online safety and privacy lessons (Digital Citizenship). Students save their work in Google Drive.

 

Students also learn how to create multimedia presentations, word-processing documents, and spreadsheets/graphs and send/receive e-mails with Google Apps (g-mail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms). In addition, keyboarding/typing skills are taught to all students starting in kindergarten. In Typing.com, I can monitor student progress and set goals at the individual level.

 

Our school district has adopted the technology standards  of the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education). I formulate my curriculum to meet these standards. Since technology changes at such a rapid pace, my curriculum will constantly change as well. Students must be technologically literate in order to be successful citizens in society.

Parents are welcome in the computer lab. If you have any questions, please contact me.

 

Mark Lyons