We visited Wakonda Elementary's Open House on September 14th as our first "official" event. Our goals going into the evening were two-fold:
(1) To test out basic logistics, like connecting devices to a network, finding the best place to park at the school, and determining the best flow of traffic through the Mobile Learning Unit. (Shout-out to Greg from OPS Transportation Services for building us some awesome stairs!) and (2) To have as many families as possible experience the Mobile Learning Unit and give us some feedback on programming opportunities.
What a great night! The Mobile Learning Unit was one of multiple activities happening at Wakonda that evening. We kept it pretty simple as far as programming went- basic tours, talking about the purpose, Common Sense Media handouts, and an opportunity to provide feedback. It was busy, but a couple of us remembered to snap a few pictures to document the experience.
Our programming for the Mobile Learning Unit has been designed around Digital Literacy and Digital Citizenship skills for students as well as adults. While our main focus is to provide the North Omaha community with these skills, we also realize that the community needs a voice in programming options. We don't want to do this FOR the community, we want to do it with WITH the community. So we are asking for feedback. During PTO meetings, after-school programs, as well as open houses, we are asking parents and family members what they would like to see happen on their Mobile Learning Unit. We are getting some great ideas!
I think we are most excited about the category "Educational Resources for Your Student." Parents let us know that they really want resources and ways to help their students with homework and practicing skills at home that are being taught in the classroom. What a great opportunity to pull in some classroom teachers to help with programming! This is one of my biggest hopes for the Mobile Learning Unit- that it acts as a catalyst to bring together many groups of people in the community to do what is best for students.
Rebecca Chambers serves as an Instructional Technology Coach for the Omaha Public Schools by supporting the district’s Turnaround buildings in their instructional technology initiatives, including the first Mobile Learning Unit which serves the North Omaha community.