The “Billings Beta” tech blog presents students’ schoolwork, class projects, experiments, and discussions.
The Edublog award is an international competition determined by an online poll. In the past week, the Billings Beta site has received visitors from North America, South America, Africa, Oceania, and Eurasia.
“At Billings,” a press release from the school reads, “the study of technology creates both real and virtual environments for students to apply their skills. Young people learn to focus on how society uses technology for communication, productivity, and personal expression. For example, 7th grade students use various media to complete team-based and individual projects that illustrate and extend learning in an Integrated Course in Language Arts, Science, and Technology (iCLAST).”
The Edublog award was presented by Classroom 2.0 and Edublog Campus. Gathering support became a technology lesson for Billings students, who mobilized to gather votes using communication tools as a real-world experiment to study the impact of social networks.
“At Billings we are paying attention to the international disposition for understanding how to learn, to collaborate, and to design technology. Schools need to look for every learning opportunity for their students of all ages,” commented Ted Kalmus, Head of School, in the press release. “I’m so proud of our kids for their remarkable achievement with the tech blog award.”
The Billings Beta tech blog is managed by Jac de Haan, a faculty member who focuses on technology integration throughout the curriculum. He teaches sixth- through eighth-grade technology classes, including co-teaching the sixth-grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum. He is a Google certified teacher.
Mr. de Haan is a member of the TechShare Curriculum Planning Committee for the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools (PNAIS). He was appointed by Mayor Mike McGinn to the Citizens’ Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board (CTTAB). He earned a master’s degree in Digital Media Communications from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Congrats, students of Billings and Mr. de Haan!