Karmin Bourdo is a master teacher. She is very thoughtful about her technology use and only utilizes technology when she’s sure it is enhancing learning for her students. Please enjoy reading about how integrating technology has added value to her classroom.
“Technology has transformed my classroom. I feel like students are much more engaged and eager to work. I feel they can demonstrate their knowledge and understanding more clearly and more efficiently. Time is always something we never seem to have enough of and with our technology we can access real time data with my students instantaneously.” – Karmin Bourdo
Are there any programs that have helped you achieve what you described above?
“I have absolutely fallen in love with Seesaw. It is an app that allows students to access six different features like… taking photos, accessing their camera roll, videos, typing, a microphone for recording themselves, and a drawing feature. Students are able to take a picture of their writing and record themselves reading it. Or, they can take a picture of the book their reading and record themselves reading it for fluency, explain their artwork, their math journal and instantly share it with their loved ones at home on their “personal” journal page. Then, parents that are connected will get a notification that their son/daughter has uploaded something to their journal page and they can “like” it or comment on it. Parents are enjoying the “sneak peek” into the classroom and what their little one is doing throughout the day. It is a great way to communicate with parents. And the Seesaw app is free for teachers and parents. All items must be approved and only their parents see their son/daughter’s journal page. I can tag the entire class in a post also with class made videos and assignments.” – Karmin Bourdo
So what advice do you have for teachers who are only beginning to integrate technology into their classrooms?
“Start small at first, find a few things that you are comfortable with and implement them first. Then try other ways to challenge yourself and your students. I look for technology that is going to give me the biggest impact with my students and for apps that inform my instruction with a quick formative assessment for fluency, story elements, and their understanding of nouns and verbs. The Seesaw app allows me to keep an electronic portfolio for each individual student.” – Karmin Bourdo