“I also love the way technology has opened up ways for us to share our writing – looking at other authors’ writings, looking at our own writing for ways to improve, to looking at each others’ writings and providing feedback.”
Judy Bussey has really embraced the opportunities that integrating technology has given her. Students in her ELA classes have learned to communicate better, collaborate differently, and creatively demonstrate their content knowledge.
“Perhaps the most significant impacts are the ways I am able to differentiate learning for individuals and small groups of students – providing extra guidance and instruction to remediate or to push further – and the ways I am able to release responsibility to the students, so they are generating questions, creating expectations and guidelines, and are more involved in what they are seeking to learn and how they want to do that.” – Judy Bussey
Some of many project highlights in Judy’s classroom include digital storytelling, spoken word poems, and digital book reviews.
“They are creative, engaging, involve written, visual, and auditory pieces, and the students are interested in creating them and watching them. They get great ideas from each other – ways to improve their own pieces, creative ways to do things differently. I also love the way technology has opened up ways for us to share our writing – looking at other authors’ writings, looking at our own writing for ways to improve, to looking at each others’ writings and providing feedback. I’ve also discovered that Kahoot is an interactive, fun way to check – comprehension, key concepts, etc. – so I can reteach right then or next class.” – Judy Bussey
So what advice would Judy give to a teacher who is just beginning to integrate technology?
“Go slow and be kind to yourself. Choose an app, program, whatever and decide what you want to accomplish with that app (maybe moving along the matrix). You do NOT need to know everything about the app/program. The kids will learn faster and you’ll all be learning along the way. Be sure you are accomplishing what you want and not making extra work for yourself.” – Judy Bussey