Mr. Knust

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Mr. Knust

I started my teaching career in Spalding, NE where I taught for 4 years before moving to Plattsmouth Community Middle School in August of 1996. I currently coach Wrestling and Track at PCMS.

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1992. I received a Masters degree in Instructional Technology from Peru State College in 2008.

I have been married to my wife Christine since 1995. We have three children. Bonnie, Charlie, and Josie. They are all very involved in many activities that keep us very busy.

The best time to contact me is between 12:10 and 1:10 pm.

Phone - (402) 296-3174 Ext. 2330

e-mail - mknust@pcsd.org

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind
of thinking we used when we created them."


Albert Einstein

 

Why Is It Important to Teach Students about Tech?

For Students to become well-informed, productive citizens in today’s world, and in that of the future, we must teach them the concepts and the basic skills needed to function in a technology based society. They need to become efficient information researchers, effective tool users, creative problem solvers, and environmentally proactive thinkers. In other words, as members of a dynamic progressive global community, our students must become technologically literate. That is to say, students must understand technology’s history, its evolutionary nature, and its place in their society. They must use its materials, tools, and processes effectively to solve problems. They must investigate the positive and negative effects of technology on the environment and society, and assess its worth. Technologically literate students have studied about and used technology; they understand its effects on themselves, their society, and the future of mankind. Article taken from “Technology – Teachers Resource Guide” by Thode and Thode, pg. 2-3.

 

What is Technology?

In order to survive and prosper in tommorrow’s world, you will need to be technologically literate. Technological literacy has the same importance today as English literacy has (reading and writing) had in the 19th century.

Technology is: The application of knowledge, creativity and resources to solve real world problems and extend human capabilities.

Knowledge: Vast amounts of information are available more readily and across a greater distance than ever before in human history.

Creativity: Modifying the delivery of education from a passive (lecture) experience to a participatory experience is key to developing and enhancing creativity in students.

Resources: Students should have an opportunity to work with all of these resources in exploratory and problem solving experiences.

Solve Real World Problems: Students become good problem solvers by practicing problem solving; evaluating their’s and others solutions; improving their’s and others solutions. It has been said that our society will be divided into two segments, those that can understand, used and manipulate technology and those that cannot. If our commitment is that everyone (all students and adults) must become technologically literate, than our home life, school system and work place must reflect this commitment.

Extend Human Capabilities: Technology should allow us to extend our capabilities; as individuals, as members of a family, a community, a nation or the entire human race.

Technology Education: Technology education’s main focus is on teaching students a process that will enable them to understand and apply technology to solve problems and extend human potential.

Components of Technology Education: Students integrate math, science, social science and language skills; construct and apply their own knowledge; “design under constraints”; analyze social, environmental and economic impacts; use multiple resources and solutions. Using the

Technology Problem Solving Process: It is important that students have many, varied opportunities to solve problems; witness and evaluate others’ problem solving attempts; improve existing solutions to problems and communicate them.

Reprinted with Permission from Applied Educational Systems, INC.