Technology Training, Robots, Ham Radio -- What More Could Teachers Want?
The ARRL Letter
August 8, 2013
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Hands-On Technology Training, Robots, Ham Radio -- What More Could Teachers Want?
Educators from across the US who attend the ARRL's Teachers Institutes
on Wireless Technology
the challenge and amaraderie of these professional development workshops. More
important, they acquire knowledge and skills to help their students
grasp the essentials of radio science, basic electronics, robotics,
space and satellite communication technology and, of course, Amateur
Radio. Funded through the generosity of donors
https://www.arrl.org/arrl-donation-form, the ARRL Education &
Technology Program (ETP
http://www.arrl.org/education-technology-program) created the
Teachers Institutes to offer educators hands-on training and experience
with wireless technology fundamentals that will enable them to
integrate wireless technology instruction into their classrooms.
According to the teachers attending, they did just that.
"I have never come away from a professional development feeling like
the course was designed to actually get us to use what was taught,"
said recent workshop participant Glen Hanneman, KJ6BQK. "The amount of
training, resources, and networking opportunities the TI workshop
afforded me is astounding! Having vertical integration with colleagues
from fifth grade to junior college gave me a great perspective on how
the technology instructional progression runs."
ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, and Parallax Inc
http://www.parallax.com/ in Rocklin, California hosted "Introduction
to Wireless Technology" sessions this year, and two dozen teachers from
14 states took advantage of the opportunity.
"Educators from around the nation seem to have the same challenges
getting [technology] into the classroom as I have, no matter the grade
level," said Hanneman, who took part in the California workshop. Nine
participants at that session already had Amateur Radio licenses, but a
ham ticket is not a requirement for enrollment.
Tommy Gober, N5DUX, an instructional technologist at LeTourneau
http://www.letu.edu/ in Longview, Texas, taught the
California workshop, held July 15-18. He demonstrated a ham radio "fox
hunt" and a successful ham radio contact with the SaudiSat-1C
(SO-50) satellite. Workshop participants also got a bird's eye view of
Earth via the NOAA-19
(NOAA-N Prime) satellite. "Several [teachers] were instantly hooked as
soon as you could make out the peninsula in the Baja Mexico and the
Gulf of California," Gober recounted.
ARRL Education & Technology Program Director Mark Spencer, WA8SME,
instructed the TI session at ARRL Headquarters July 8-11. Eight
participants were hams. In the workshops' robotics section teachers
build and program a Parallax Boe-Bot
http://www.parallax.com/go/boebot®. On the floor of ARRL
Headquarters' main hallway, Spencer created a black electrical tape
maze in the shape of the letter "E." Teachers practiced programming the
Boe-Bots to stay within the line
http://youtu.be/xNMPnJqjTX8s, in the
process learning the fundamentals of BASIC
Teacher Elizabeth Frank, attended the workshop at Parallax. "Attending
the TI has been one of the best experiences of my life," she said. "I
signed up in order to learn more about the science behind wireless
communications and to gain confidence in introducing ham radio into my
classroom. The Institute has surpassed my expectations for both of
Gordon Romney, AG2G, said he was grateful to have been selected to
participate in a TI. "I learned new concepts in so many areas. Please
thank the donors, ARRL and Parallax for making this program possible."
http://www.arrl.org/education-technology-program of the
ARRL Education & Technology Program will help ARRL to continue this
important educational initiative. Read more
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