I'm an Instructional Technology Coach for 5 elementary schools on in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. Throughout my time as an educator, I have taught 3rd grade, coached teachers, and taught at the university level. I love collaborating with teachers to invent new platforms for student to experience phenomenas and communicate their understanding. Researching, curating, and deploying apps to classroom resources for iPads, Netbooks, and Chromebooks is one aspect of my job. My current personal research includes: the impact of iPads on the executive functioning skills of EC- K students, using authentic data to promote citizen science, and STEAM integration.
What does your ideal classroom look like?
Ideally, learning would take place in meaningful, authentic environments that allow students to drive a path through inquiry. Students would use technology as a way to enhance, improve, or transform their learning. Simultaneously, they would be collaborating and communicating with peers and a global audience as they research and express ideas. With a teacher/facilitator uncovering misconceptions along the way and a curious community of constructionist learners, my ideal classroom would be a sum of all of these parts.
If you were to lead a session at Edcamp USDOED, what would it be about?
Code to Learn: Learn to Code (K-8 Coding and Game Design)
Parent University Planning- Design Thinking through Parent Needs
Audio Editing and Student Voice
Google Drawing- Problem Solving Beyond the Page
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