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Student technology driven solutions to real-world problems through Apple Keynote.

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Participate and share : Poster

Sunday, November 29, 8:00–9:00 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Leeann Albers  
Ramona Vasquez-Jaramillo  
Malachi Nunez  
Yesenia Nunez  
Aaron Jaramillo  
Christina Nunez  
Janea Menicucci  

Learn from students as they demonstrate and explain how they partnered with companies in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Businesses partnered with student teams asking for assistance. Students solved the issue using their digital knowledge of keynote to create a prototype App that they presented at a community “pitch party.”

Audience: Coaches, Teachers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Mac
Tablet: iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Apple Keynote
Topic: Project-, problem- & challenge-based learning
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Career and technical education, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.
Additional detail: Student presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Students from Albuquerque, New Mexico will discuss their authentic learning journey that impacted their own communities. Business owners in New Mexico presented to students and requested assistance with actual problems the companies were facing. The owners provided a deadline for students to create an APP prototype that would help solve their issues. Rather than the traditional instructional practice of dealing with a hypothetical situation, students were given the opportunity to apply their digital skills to develop a real-world solution. Hear how students of various ages and grade levels grew through this authentic learning process in collaborative teams to identify key problems, brainstorm and map out ideas, and went through a process of trial and error to create a final product. Students will share that when given the opportunity to take their ideas from theory to authentic practice, they were more invested in their work. Student teams then developed meaningful presentations to “pitch” their Apps to family, community members and business leaders, focusing on the 21st Century skill of Media Fluency and communication skills. Students will share the process, their final APP prototypes and also their final presentations. Students will share the framework of the process, hoping to replicate this process for other schools to bring this instructional approach. After all, no child was every deeply invested in completing a worksheet.

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Leeann Albers, Albuquerque Public Schools
Aaron Jaramillo, Albuquerque Public Schools
Christina Nunez, Albuquerque Public Schools
ISTE Certified Educator

Christina Nunez has a Master's Degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She has taught with Albuquerque Public Schools for 15 years as a teacher and also in leadership roles. She currently works with the Educational Technology Department at APS as a Technology Resource Teacher. She is a Google Certified Trainer, a Seesaw Ambassador, EdPuzzle Coach, Screencaster Master, Common Sense Media Ambassador and an Apple Teacher. She is a member of ISTE and is working toward her ISTE Certification. She provides teachers trainings in both Apple and Google digital tools at APS.

Janea Menicucci, Explore Academy

Janea Menicucci has been a master educator for 20 years. She is the Director of Informational and Educational Technology for Explore Academy. She helps teachers and schools integrate technology in their classrooms. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Level 2 Certified. She incorporates her background in Universal Design for Learning in all of her professional development. She is an active member with the NM ISTE chapter and ISTE. She is the Treasurer for the NM ASCD affiliate. She has a podcast called Hallway Renegades and is a founding member of EdCamp NM.

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