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What's Your #Bluejacket Story?

posted Feb 28, 2018, 12:58 PM by kdaniels@isd911.org   [ updated Feb 28, 2018, 1:15 PM ]

TIES Education Technology Conference - "What’s Your Story?"

In Dec. 2017, C-I Schools sent about ⅓ of the TILT members to the TIES Technology Conference.  The theme this year was “What’s Your Story” so we would like to highlight some of our TILT members: Stacy Kelzer (CIS); Curtis Gustafson (IMS/MNC); and Dee Boysen (IMS).  Each of them were asked the following questions:

  1. How did you get to where you are today in regards to technology integration in your classroom?

  2. Where do you see yourself going in the future in regards to tech integration/utilization in the future and why?

  3. Was there anything that you learned at the TIES Conference that you think will benefit you, other staff, and/or your students?

  4. Is there anything else you would like to share about your story?

Stacy Kelzer - CIS 5th Grade Teacher

I got to where I am today in regards to technology integration through lots of trial and error!  When given the opportunity to participate in Tech Academies, Edcamps, or TIES conferences, I try to attend.  These opportunities usually spark ideas, and then I just go try them out.  Many times, it takes more research or exploring on my part and lots of mistakes, but generally progress is made and kids are engaged and learning along the way.  Colleagues and coaches provide encouragement and feedback, and that makes it easier to overcome the bumps along the way

As an educator, I want to keep growing and learning.  Tech changes so fast- there is always more to learn and ideas to try!  Another goal I have is to share with others what I have learned and continue to learn.  I feel that if other colleagues can benefit from my attempts and mistakes then that's an added bonus!

At TIES 2017, I enjoyed the Hyperdocs session I attended.  I'd like to explore this more as I think it would help us to individualize learning.  I also think SeeSaw and Google Classroom have lots to offer.

In the classroom, technology can be your best friend one day, and your worst nightmare the next, but I can't imagine teaching and learning without it!  It is one of our most powerful tools as educators!

Curtis Gustafson - IMS/MNC

The best way I have learned to integrate technology into my teaching and into student learning is through experimentation.  I take risks, try programs, ask questions, search forums, and just see what works with my style. As my own personal understanding of how technology can help me grows I am able to do my job better.  I am always on the lookout for how to improve my skills.

My dream classroom would be tech infused.  I want to have students working at their own pace through curriculum that’s designed for their needs.  My job as a teacher would be mostly support, coupled with running intervention mini lessons, and interactive whole class or partner activities that help materialize abstract ideas.

At TIES 2017, I learned a great deal about Desmos.  I think teachers will find that Desmos is more than a calculator, a session I attended showed many different features.  One feature that is most useful for other teachers would be a partner card sort.

There are other great products available through various vendors.  The items that I am most interested in include Canvas (learning management system), Digitr (digital hall pass), and HoverCam (document camera).

  Dee Boysen - IMS/MNC

I have learned to utilize and integrate technology through continual practice and trial and error. I also continue to ask Patrick, our Tech Integration Specialist for new ways to incorporate technology when I have ideas of what I want.  He is always willing to make suggestions of what I can use in regards to technology and how to implement it.

I want to continue to learn new things and use them in the classroom with my students. Technology can be an effective tool in my students’ learning and I feel it’s my job to expose them to new technologies that will help them learn.

While at TIES 2017, I learned that we need to create “experiences” for students, not just lessons. Interaction and being engaged in learning is so important.  Another thing I learned is that the role and responsibilities of media specialists is continuing to change as we go forward with technology and the spaces we create for collaborative learning within our media centers are also very important.