Tech Integration Highlights: Quarter 2 of 2016-2017

Teachers across Roaring Fork Schools continued to implement technology into their instruction in innovative ways in the second quarter of the year, and here are three highlights to show what's possible and inspire others to try new things. What can you do with technology that you couldn't do before we were 1:1? Here are some great examples. Email Ben with innovative examples from your school or for support getting started with any of these tools.

Highlight #1: Interdisciplinary 3D Design and Printing in Middle School

Ryan Allen and Avis Paul
7th-8th Grade, Basalt Middle School

This is a great example of what's possible in a 1:1 school: a social studies teacher and technology teacher teamed up to engage students in a 3D design and printing project based on social studies content. Ryan Allen is able to teach more advanced and cutting-edge technology skills in his computer class because students now use basic computer programs in other classes. Watch this video to see the exciting things BMS students are learning now.

Highlight #2: Improving Student Writing with Turnitin

Grace Delasala
English Language Development Teacher
Carbondale Middle School

Grace Delasala uses Turnitin to give her English Language Development students automated feedback on their grammar so she can focus her feedback on content and style. Turnitin saves Grace time and gives students immediate feedback, leading to improved writing. Watch this video to hear how Grace is accomplishing this, and click here to get started with Turnitin.

Highlight #3: Augmented Reality for Student-Led Conferences

Julie Allen
4th Grade Teacher
Glenwood Springs Elementary School

Julie Allen used the 'augmented reality' app Aurasma to enable parents to see videos of their children reading their poems at student-led conferences this fall. Augmented reality allows you to point your at an image or object, then access video or other information about it. It would be a great fit for a museum or gallery walk project. There were a lot of steps in this project, from students writing poems in Google Docs, to recording a video using Screencastify, to connecting the poem, video, and image on Aurasma. But the final product was engaging and exciting for students and parents to see students' high quality work in an innovative format. Watch this video to find out how Julie made all this work...with fourth graders!


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