“It may be cliche but start slow and build. Don’t try to be something you’re not. Use the technology to enhance your style.”
Shelly is a master teacher who has incorporated technology for many years in both her technology and math classes at North Rockford Middle School. She has found that technology has allowed her students to learn in new ways. “By using the online platform provided by our math book, Big Ideas Math, students get instant feedback about their answers. If they don’t have the right answer, they can analyze their work and make corrections. If they can’t figure out the right answer they know to ask questions to figure out what they are missing. Technology also allows me to differentiate and give my students choices about how they practice and how much they practice for assessments.”
Some highlights that Shelly has experienced by integrating technology into the classroom is the student communication she has with her students. “Students can send me messages through Schoology, Rockford’s Learning Management System, to let me know they need help or schedule a time to see me. Sometimes I can explain what they need to know to allow them to complete their homework. I think it has made me more approachable in the classroom.”
Shelly is a leader and mentor in her classroom and her school when integrating technology. When asked what advice she gives her colleagues and teachers in other schools she shares, “It may be cliche but start slow and build. Don’t try to be something you’re not. Use the technology to enhance your style.”
Thank you Shelly for the work you do with your students, and your work with other teachers!