They say there's a first time for everything, and this day was one of those times! The work on the Mobile Learning Unit was completed the first week of September, and as soon as we got word it was good to go, we rushed across state lines to Council Bluffs to pick it up.
Stepping on the MLU for the first time was a surreal moment. As the newbie on the team, I had been a part of so many conversations from afar regarding this project, but had never actually seen it before in person. It was absolutely beautiful. Way cooler than the pictures and sketches I had seen up to this point. I was impressed by how much room there was inside (this is going to be great for students!), and the wrap on the outside looked awesome as well. We spent some time turning on every switch and trying out all the buttons and keys to see what they all did. It was like being a kid again! I immediately started envisioning what programming was going to look like-- here's where the projector will go, I will line the Surfaces up right here, parents will love to sit on this couch area...
Rob Dickson, OPS Executive Director for IMS, had the vision to make this possible to begin with. He drove the MLU back to the TAC Building that day, and I wanted to make sure I got his initial reaction after his first drive.
It's hard to explain how excited I was about the MLU...so I can't begin to imagine how these two felt. Rob Dickson along with Keegan Korf, Lead Teacher of Digital Citizenship for the district, both put in a lot of hard work to make this vision a reality. Two years of planning, meetings, conversations, and articulating the need for something new like this is not easy. It is uncharted territory, and these two did an extraordinary job of leading the way. I so appreciate Rob's vision and ability to think "outside the box" when it comes to serving students and families in our district. Keegan's ability to consistently advocate for what's best for kids and give others a voice makes her a huge asset to the team- I am so lucky to be on this "ride" with her as we provide programming for students and families! I am #OPSProud to work with such great people.
Now the work begins! Our first event is scheduled for September 14th at Wakonda Elementary's Open House. Stay tuned!
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.