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Melanie Wiscount
About Me:
This is my tenth year teaching, and my first year at McKinley Technology High School in the District of Columbia Public Schools. During the past ten years I have taught at the middle, high school, community college, and university levels.

I graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Business Administration/Accounting and minor in mathematics & statistics. I earned my Master's degree from BU in Business Education in 2004. I completed 100% of the course work in the Educational Leadership/Educational Technology doctoral degree at Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, PA, and finished all but dissertation. My PA Department of Education certifications include Business, Computer, & Information Technology K-12, Libary Science K-12, Middle Level Mathematics 7-9, Instructional Technology Specialist K-12, and English as a Second Language Specialist. I also hold teaching licenses in the District of Columbia and Virginia.
Recently, I was awarded AFCEA DC STEM Teacher of the Quarter for the second quarter in 2013. Awards ceremony is scheduled for May 31, 2013 at 11 a.m. in Pentagon City.

In 2011, I was to be named one of fifty Siemens STEM Institute fellows selected nationwide for the second annual 2011-2012 class in Washington, D.C. this summer.

I also had the honor to be one of 102 educators selected by Microsoft to share my History Podcast QR Code educational technology project at the 2011 Microsoft Partners in Learning Innovative Education Forum in Redmond, Washington, July 2011. My project was selected to represent the U.S. in the Worldwide Partners in Learning Forum in November.

My philosophy of teaching is simple. Every student can be successful with the right attitude, motivation, and support. Add in technology, and we, as educators, speak our millennial students' language, appeal to their nature, and get their attention.
Expose students to technology, they gain experience.
Through that experience, they each develop their own expertise.
Through expertise, they become confident.
With confidence, they can change the world.
Provide students with opportunities to become confident innovative changemakers.

My Curriculum Vitae

My Educational Technology Digital Portfolio

My Siemens STEM Institute & Microsoft Partners in Learning Experiences

Microsoft Partners in Learning IEF Ceremony Educators Choice AwardMicrosoft Selects the Nation’s Top Educators at the U.S. Innovative Education Forum

Press Release, Harrisburg Patriot News, July 1, 2011 - Palmyra Area High School Teacher's Podcast Project Grabs National Attention

11 Educators Selected To Represent U.S. at Partners in Learning Global Forum in the t|h|e Journal, August 11, 2011

Press Release, Lebanon Daily News, July 13, 2011 - Palmyra Area High School's Podcasts Attract National Attention

Breaking the QR Code, an editorial commentary, October 4, 2011 - by Michael Hart, executive director, t|h|e Journal

Students Use QR Codes to Uncover the History Around Them, October 10, 2011, by blogger Rob Bayuk, TeachTec Microsoft Partners in Learning Blog

12 educators to represent the U.S. at the Partners in Learning Global Forum, November 7, 2011, by blogger Rob Bayuk, TeachTec Microsoft Partners in Learning Blog

Partners in Learning 2011 U.S. Innovative Educator Forum Spotlight by Microsoft

Palmyra Looks to Upgrade Website, April 4, 2012 by Chris Sholly, reporter, Lebanon Daily News county newspaper

Guest Blog Posts

"Computer Programming for All Students", First Guest Blog Posting on the Siemens STEM Academy Blog, February 9, 2012

"QR Codes in the STEM Classroom", Second Guest Blog Posting on the Siemens STEM Academy Blog, April 4, 2012

"21st Century Skills a Must-do in the 21st Century Classroom", Guest Blog Posting on the Microsoft Partners in Learning TeachTec Blog, April 4, 2012

McKinley Memo, Volume #6 Issue 15


My Schedule (Advisory 1):

Period Course Period Course
A1 Computer Science I B1 Planning Period
A2 Plannning Period B2 Multimedia Programming
A3 Educational Technology B3 Multimedia Programming
A4 Educational Technology B4 Educational Technology
7 1:35 a.m. - 2:45 a.m. B5 Desktop Publishing

Association Membership:

ISTE - International Society for Technology in Education
NBEA - National Business Education Association
NMSA - National Middle School Association
PAECT – PA Association for Educational Communications & Technology
TESOL - Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
NEA - National Education Association
PSEA - Pennsylvania State Education Association


My 10-10-10 Experience - Diving 10K feet at 10 a.m.!


Technology...it's all around us... - over 51,000 views on Slideshare.net

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Contact Me:

Melanie Wiscount
Information Technology Teacher and Educational Technology Trainer
McKinley Technology High School
151 T Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

phone Phone: 202.281.3950 ext 1211551
email Email: melanie.wiscount@dc.gov

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