Most students and staff call me Miss Joann. Even Cozmo, our really cool robots know that name. Ask your students about Cozmo. They have all met him. Many 3rd-5th graders have learned how to operate him (we have three of them on campus for students to explore with).
I am the Computer Technician for Dena Boer and Salida Elementary Schools. Along with tech trouble shooting on both campuses, I also teach Technology based lessons every Thursday for STEAM at Dena Boer. It is really interesting to watch students become excited and engrossed in learning about technology, robotics and coding.
I have been with Salida Union School District for over 6 years and have worked on every campus at one time or another. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies in Culture and Media. I am also almost finished with a Master of Arts in Teaching. I proudly served in the United States Army in 1995 and 1996 as a 35 Echo- Radio Communications Security Repair. Every December I enjoy introducing students to computer coding with Hour of Code. I have lead these activities since I started at Salida Elementary School. I am passionate about students being exposed to Computer Science and Programming. I like to have fun while learning and teaching. I try to joke with the students and staff while still maintaining order and objectives in mind. I am first and foremost an educator. I appreciate the dynamic and lively environment that the students and staff in Salida Union School District provide.
For more information on Hour of Code please visit CODE.ORG.
Tech Ninja Image created by Red Bubble artist Ethan Dirks
Curious about Cozmo?
Has your student mentioned Cozmo?
Here is a brief video from YouTube featuring Cozmo to give you an idea of just how awesome the three Cozmo Robots we have here at Dena Boer are.
Cozmo's home website from Anki has a lot more information about the new tool we have to help students learn more about coding and robotics.