Technology Leadership Network

Lajvardi Recounts Underdog Robots Team Story

Arizona educator Fredi Lajvardi spoke at the Education Technology Luncheon at NSBA’s Annual Conference in Boston on Sunday, April 10.

Lajvardi’s high school robotics team was the inspiration for the movie, “Spare Parts.” It told the underdog story of the team from Carl Hayden Community High School in Phoenix that won first place in a collegiate underwater robotics competition, beating out elite engineering colleges such as MIT.

Transforming with technology

The documentary Most Likely to Succeed examines a California high school that has up-ended the traditional approach to education. Instead of relying on a teacher-centered model that has little changed in more than 100 years, High Tech High in San Diego has become a student-centered model. It emphasizes project-based learning, critical thinking, collaboration, and other skills better suited to a 21st century, information-based workforce.

Attendees at a Friday preconference session at NSBA’s annual conference in Boston got a viewing of the award-winning film.

Sunnyside Unified School District Site Visit Agenda

Wednesday, May 4

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Registration and Welcome Reception

Four Points Sheraton
7060 S Tucson Boulevard

Thursday, May 5

7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.

Registration

Four Points by Sheraton - Tucson Airport
Full Breakfast at Hotel (Sheraton guests only)

Colonial School District Site Visit Agenda

Wednesday, April 20

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Registration and Welcome Reception

The Westin Wilmington
818 Shipyard Drive

Thursday, April 21

7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.

Registration

The Westin Wilmington
Full Breakfast at Hotel (Westin guests only)

Site Visit Toolkit

We have resources available for you to download to use when promoting our education technology site visits to your school board members. 


EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Recognizing Innovation and Inspiration

By Ann Flynn
Director, Education Technology

Think about the educators you know. Who is that person that inspires others to try new things...especially when those "things" involve using technology? Who is always looking at the latest technology innovations and thinking "how or if it could be applicable to education"? 

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