Mrs. Kettle, a Spanish teacher and the ASB advisor, is enthusiastic about improving the way that students vote for elections, prom court, and anything else that gets done on campus. We were able to talk about using Google Spreadsheets and Google Forms to create personalized voting forms that students submit. From there, we are capable of creating a pivot table to count all of the results in real time, getting your "winner" for any vote in a mere matter of seconds. She is also talking about using this in her ASB class and possibly with her Spanish students for formative assessments.
Mrs. Diehl was fired up about using Doceri in her classroom, especially after we showed her the annotation features and how to hop between her presentations and writing on the screen. She is already a high-flying tech user, so we will be going back to see how she is using technology in her science classroom!
Ms. Ramos and Mrs. Owen requested us to come by to chat about using Google Maps in their history classrooms.
We discussed Sam Wineberg and his fantastic book that champions teaching the skills of historians to students using primary sources (http://goo.gl/9KQtC). We also discussed the Stanford History Education Group, which provides free lessons with primary sources for U.S. and World history that incorporate these skills (http://sheg.stanford.edu/rlh). Bruce Lesh’s very useful book that reports his implementation of the skills of historians into a U.S. classroom with examples was also discussed (http://goo.gl/8Pxxo8).
Ms. Gonzalez, another Spanish teacher, is already using Doceri in her classroom, but wanted to take it further. She uses Class Dojo to manage behavior and provide formative feedback to her students on a regular basis. The kids love the program because they can see how they are doing in real time, and the instructor can easily track progress. One of the best questions a teacher can ask, and Ms. Gonzalez did, is "What's something else I can mess around with?" Out of everything in the tackle box, we recommended Remind101 for the ability to text students safely and on a massive scale. Check it out!
Next up, Mrs Gurney was beyond excited to get started with Doceri. We set her up, showed her a thing or two, and then let her enjoy the ability to teach from anywhere in the classroom. We will be back to hang out again soon! Mrs. Calloway also asked us to stop in, so we came by her biology class to take her Doceri use to the next level. We showed her how to project student work, zoom to add precision, and a bunch of other fun tools. By the time that we had come back to see how she was doing, Mrs. Calloway was already using Doceri to teach from afar, manage her class, and go through her entire lesson. In one word: AWESOME.
Finally, we had the chance to spend some time with Mrs. Miller to discuss how we could help support the English department as they pilot new units that are CCSS-aligned. As educational technology coaches for CJUHSD, we are here to support teachers in any way that we can when it comes to technology integration. We talked about Google Drive, Dropbox, and how to find some new tech tools to use in the units that have been created. Most importantly, we worked something out to come back and meet with the department when the time is right.
All in all, our visit to ALHS was chock full of great conversation and interaction with some outstanding teachers. Thank you to the ALHS staff and administration for having us onboard!
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