Margaret is a passionate educator working as the director of STEAM Innovation at an independent school outside Philadelphia. She also works as an Ed Tech and Innovation consultant, specializing in design thinking, the maker movement, global education, early childhood education, social media, and mindfulness. She is a coach for the Teachers Guild and facilitates professional development with the Global Online Academy. Margaret is a Google-certified innovator and a PBS digital innovator who loves working with students and teachers to explore new approaches to teaching and learning.
This past year I have been on an amazing learning journey. Over the summer, I had the chance to help shape the new space that I would work in this year and brainstorm all of the new possibilities it might allow for our students. Working closely with a team at my school, I was able to help transform a large storage closet into the new Imagination Destination at Episcopal Academy (I.D.E.A.) Studio. That process pushed me to think about my goals for the space and what I hoped it could scaffold and facilitate for students and teachers in terms of building new skills and mindsets and providing the resources and tools for empathy-driven projects.
People have been aware of Google Glass for a while now, but how can it work with education? Philadelphia-based school technology coordinator Margaret Powers walks us through her experiences and successes with the device.
When I look at Google Glass, I’m not trying to assess whether it’s the hottest tech toy of the year or if the latest press releases about it are accurate. Instead, I am interested in discovering if and how it can be used as a meaningful tool in the classroom. On a daily basis, I work with students ranging from four to eight years old, students who look at the world through a different lens than I do. I have discovered that Google Glass can provide insight into that world.