Daniel Kotran uses technology such as coding and robotics to bring creativity to the classroom. He believes that STEAM curriculum provides every student an equal opportunity to learn, experience, think and grow. Rather than using technology as a passive tool to accomplish a task, he teaches his students that their electronic devices are a means to create. For example, one such project began as computer code and then evolved into 3-D design and print projects that ended as ceramic art. He uses this as an example of how information can be transformed into technology using creative thought.
Beyond the classroom, Daniel hosts Tech Tuesdays with the Sheckler Elementary School staff where he shares tech tips or new technologies that are helpful in the classroom. He also oversees the school’s news show which gives older students an opportunity to learn about broadcasting and communications.
Daniel is a lifetime resident of the Lehigh Valley and graduate of Kutztown University. He is pursuing his Master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Wilkes University. He’s been teaching for 11 years at Sheckler Elementary School where he spent his first nine years teaching art for K-4 and then transitioned to teaching K-4 STEAM three years ago. He lives in Northampton with his wife, 7-year-old son, and his bothersome Beagle, Levi.
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