Just came back from a great time at TCEA presenting Arduino to some of the best teachers in the state. We covered the basics of circuit design and building withe a bread-board. We learned the fundamentals of making an Arduino sketch and the basic syntax for coding. The people who shared my class were the absolute best. They got it. They could see how using this type of technology in a classroom might inspire a student to pursue a career and find a satisfying path in life. What else matters?
In the end, I think that is my calling. I’m not sure I will ever be a great teacher that turns out to be incredibly brilliant at whatever it is that I am teaching. On the other hand, I hope that some day a student will come to me and say, “Ya know Mr. White, it was what I got to do in your class and the toys we played with that inspired me to become a famous engineer and rocket scientist. Here’s $1,000,000 to express my appreciation.” Well, maybe that last part might be stretching it but still….
Meanwhile I will keep doing my best to get toys for my students. Right now my primary focus is going to be video related. If you think it would be a good idea to present live streaming techniques for classrooms then do me a favor and comment below. Say,”Mr. White…or if you are out of High School, call me Regan, I would like to see information about how to produce and edit video and live stream footage to YouTube.” Actually I am going to continue presenting information like that anyhow but it is nice to know that some people actually want it.