Tech Integration Highlights: Quarter 1 2016

The first quarter of the 2016-17 school year marks a major milestone in technology integration in Roaring Fork Schools: every 4th-12th grade student has been issued a Chromebook, and teachers wasted no time finding innovative ways to integrate technology into their daily instruction.

In this post I'll highlight three teachers who are using technology to do things that weren't possible before their schools were 1:1. I hope other teachers will find ideas and inspiration from these examples, and follow up with me for support enhancing learning with technology in your classroom.

First, a quick look at the numbers:

5,124: Number of Chromebooks in use in Roaring Fork Schools
5,000: Daily Student Visits to Schoology
1 Gigabyte per second: Our Internet connection speed from Glenwood Springs to the web 

Highlight #1: Engaging 4th Graders in Spatial Analysis with GIS

Betsy McMichael, Katelyn Foster, Dave Plumb, and Kristen Gracy 
4th Grade, Crystal River Elementary School
The 4th Grade Team at CRES are using GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to engage students in exploring Colorado history, geography, and culture, as well as energy resources, with interactive online maps. GIS is the industry-standard software for professionals in many fields, but it is now accessible on student Chromebooks via GeoInquiries and StoryMaps
Interested? We have a free institutional account that you and your students can use to explore, analyze, and even create layered maps on any topic. Email Ben to get started.

Highlight #2: Purposeful Differentiation and Building Background Knowledge

Autumn Rivera and Karie Hassell 
6th Grade Science, Glenwood Springs Middle School
Autumn Rivera and Karie Hassell used a variety of tech tools to build all students' background knowledge at the start of their Colorado River expedition. In this 3-minute video, Autumn explains how she used Schoology discussions, Google Drawings, and other tools like Quizlet and Edpuzzle to differentiate the content so all students could access the same concepts.
Interested? Check out the links above, or email Ben for help getting started with any of these tools.

Highlight #3: Flipped Classroom with Online Video Notes

Erin Niebla 
AP Calculus, Basalt High School
Erin has 'flipped' her AP Calculus classroom this year, moving most direct instruction from class time to homework with online videos, opening up class time for higher-level problem solving and collaboration. See how she did it, and what impact it's having, in this 4-minute video.
Interested? Learn more about the 'flipped classroom' approach on my February 2016 blog post, and contact Erin or Ben for details on how to create your own videos.

These are just a few of the innovative ways teachers and students are using technology to enhance learning across our schools this year. Email Ben to share your or your colleagues' highlights, or to get support integrating technology into your classroom to enhance learning.

*Bonus Tip* Each of these videos was created with an iPhone and edited on WeVideo; we have licenses for students to use so they can edit video from their Chromebooks.


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