Monthly Archives: January 2016

MakerSpace with Dot and Dash

Dot and Dash
Dot and Dash

At Chelmsford High School, we will have a new collaborative studio space for creative endeavors called a Makerspace. A Makerspace provides tools and location in an environment where students can work on projects and get help from an expert and/or peers in order to use the materials. Makerspaces are often connected to fields such as engineering, computer science and graphic design. The Makerspace materials provided do not require a background in programming or robotics. We have two new robots called Dot and Dash that are controlled from five different apps installed on an iPad.  This is a fun and interesting way to learn about technology, computer programming and engineering. Executive Director of Technology and Information, Anne-Marie Fiore said: “A MakerSpace is a place where students gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects build. It is a place to have fun and be creative!”

Over the next few weeks we will be introducing additional materials into this informal combination of conference room, lab, and shop where students can innovate and learn through hands-on exploration. Makerspaces are on their way to the middle and elementary level, soon! Stay Tuned!

Leading Future Learning 2016 – Dr. Linda Hirsch, Dr. Matthew Beyranevand, and Anne-Marie Fiore to Present at Technology Leader’s Conference

Anne-Marie Fiore, Matthew Beyranevand and Linda Hirsch
Anne-Marie Fiore, Matthew Beyranevand and Linda Hirsch

Chelmsford, MA, January 1, 2016– On March 11, 2016, Dr. Linda Hirsch, Dr. Matthew Beyranevand, and Anne-Marie Fiore are presenting at the Leading Future Learning Conference at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

“School leaders face both challenges and opportunities in encouraging classroom innovation and instructional progress while upholding academic rigor and student performance. We are thrilled to be able to present at this Future Ready technology conference.” said Dr. Hirsch.

Principals, superintendents, tech directors, curriculum designers, instructional media specialists, and researchers assemble for a one-day event of presentations, workshops, hands-on sessions, and informal gatherings to address exciting and critical topics that will shape the classrooms of the future. These leaders will explore the skill sets that our students will need to develop to thrive in their future and address a range of technological advancements — including tablet integration, cloud computing, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environments, social media, flipped lessons, blended learning that will change the face of classrooms for years to come.

Executive Director of Technology and Information, Anne-Marie Fiore said: “As technology transforms schools and districts, educators will face the challenge of preparing students for an ever more complex and cognitively demanding world.”

Located in the heart of the Merrimack Valley, the Chelmsford Public Schools cultivates inspired, creative, and well-rounded lifelong learners who possess the integrity and self-direction necessary to be contributing community members. Recognized as a model district for digital learning by the White House, the Chelmsford Public Schools is #FutureReady. For more information, please visit us at: www.chelmsford.k12.ma.us

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Anne-Marie Fiore at 978.251.5100 or email at information@chelmsford.k12.ma.us.