About the Creator
About the Creator
Lisa Smith (December 4, 1963- Dec. 6, 2020) Lisa was involved in Technology education in some way or another for twenty-five years and held many positions within Technology Education.
Lisa graduated from Idaho State University with a B.S. degree in Secondary Education: Business Technology 6-12 and Library Science K-12 and School to Work Coordinator 9-12. She then received her Master's Degree in Educational Technology and a Graduate Certificate as a Technology Integration Specialist.
Lisa started her technology education journey by showing an aptitude for technology and was asked to tutor pre-service teachers trying to pass the technology exam, which Idaho requires of all teachers. Lisa Quote "I believe that is an excellent idea!"
After that experience, she was asked to become the research tutor for ISU's Eli M. Oboler Library.Lisa loved to research and find a good Whitepaper quite enjoyable. She was then placed into an Albertson's grant elementary classroom in order to help the teacher that received this cutting edge classroom. Albertson grant classrooms had the latest technology available for every student. It was quite an experience.
Lisa was a Middle school Business Technology teacher, Elementary librarian, Elementary Technology teacher, a PBL middle school technology teacher, a Technology Instructional Facilitator, Teacher Mentor, Technology Specialist Supervisor and now a District Elementary Computer Science/Technology Curriculum Coordinator/Teacher. She taught community education and tutored technology. She literally taught students from age five to eighty-five.
Lisa was a wonderful asset to Park6 School District in her final years as she started a Technology club for elementary students, a technology Summer Camp for kids, she had two successful blogs: Techalope and EdTech House and a very successful and award winning international website called 1..2..3..Tech's 4 Me! This website was a portal for Global collaboration for teachers all around the World. Lisa created Project-Based Learning Technology infused projects for elementary students and worked with teachers from South Africa, Australia, US and the Guernsey Island in the UK. I had my elementary students work with a wonderful high school for the Deaf in Pennsylvania. After running that website and maintaining it for around twelve years, I shut it down with over 750,000 viewers. ...And now there is GoKids!
GoKids was originally created by Lisa Smith and Pat Nieters of Park6 School District to provide an online learning experience for our K-5 students. It helped get the technology curriculum out to our students & teachers (district wide) in a way that would allow our fabulous Tech. Para-Educators to facilitate the curriculum. It took three years to create all the lesson materials. All of the curriculum went through a stringent curriculum alignment process with WDE standards and ICTE standards. Lisa worked on our CLI team to create Computer standards for Park6 School District and then in turn taught the curriculum to the K-5 district Tech. Paras so all Computer Skills were met to ensure students would be successful in Middle School and On. She was very hands on & passionate about technology in schools. Lesson include Google Docs, Google Drawing, Spreadsheets, collecting data & graphing, digital literacy, coding, programming and more.
GoKids C.S. as it is called now continues to evolve with now being a more of a portal for Computer Science resources for K-5. The focus is on Computer Science for grades K-5. Our Park6 School District Computer Science Teachers are taken this over. The goal is to continue to offer Free resources for both Computer Science and Technology Lesson Plans. Lisa would like to see this sight becomes a known resource for Computer Science for students, teachers and parents.
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