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Dave Makings is a professor of Education Technology at the College of Southern Idaho. Since 1981, he’s been working with aspiring teachers on how best to use cutting-edge technology in their classrooms. It all began for Makings and his class with Bank Street Writer, an early word processing model. Thirty years later, he teaches students about Adobe Connect, a web-conferencing software; ThinkFinity, a math and science lesson plan database; and Blackboard, a curriculum delivery system — among many other technologies they can incorporate to become better teachers.
Interestingly, Makings grew up on a farm and initially studied zoology, but found himself working for decades in the education technology arena. How did that life path unfold? The answer, within this interview, is very interesting.
The state of Idaho is doing some forward-thinking things with education right now, too: mandating online learning and allowing teacher evaluations to have parent input. Makings addresses both of those topics, as well.
We hope you enjoy this discussion with Professor Makings. Next week, our guest will be Alan Blankstein, the President of the HOPE Foundation, who will be talking about his transition from “high-risk” youth to a collaborator with multiple districts to make sure their schools get it right.
For more examples of how teachers can incorporate technology into their classrooms, we encourage you to check out our report from 2011 about Mooresville, NC:
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