For Melissa Ruboyianes, teaching with technology doesn’t only help her students, it also brings out her own love for learning.
“I enjoy how I can take an activity I have been teaching for years and bring it back to life in a new way using technology. It keeps my excitement for learning and teaching alive and that passion filters down to my students. I love watching them make connections with learning and even showing my new ways we could incorporate technology into that activity.” – Melissa Ruboyianes
Melissa harnesses her Kindergarten students’ natural curiosity and imagination. She encourages them to think of new ways to learn and show that they’ve learned something.
“Last year during our fairy tales unit we used Google Earth to ‘visit’ castles in other countries. The students came up with ideas for the remainder of the year of different places we could visit on Google Earth while learning new topics. For our 100th Day of School celebration, we created a video using groups of students counting different groups of ten to get to 100. After the iMovie was shared to Edmodo my students watched it over and over again. It was amazing to see how many of them created their own counting books or songs using apps we know after that video was produced.” – Melissa Ruboyianes
So what advice would you give teachers just beginning to integrate technology?
“Collaborate with your co-workers. Don’t try to do it all on your own. I am lucky enough to work with a group of teachers who share the same passion for technology as I do. Sharing resources and ideas always gives me ideas and inspires me to try new things.” – Melissa Ruboyianes
Keep up the great work Melissa!