Innovate to Educate Entry

Stamford High School/Stamford Public Schools

Mary Raphael George, Library Media Specialist

What innovative technology initiative or project are you most proud of, and how has it improved teaching and learning in your school/district?

Collaborating with my colleagues using Google Classroom while accomplishing information literacy goals involving academic research makes me the most proud because it gave teachers and students a newfound energy for the existing technology we were using. Faculty disseminated information to students and assessed student work utilizing new feedback options. Working with my colleagues was a team effort. It took patience as well as a willingness to be open-minded to new possibilities.

What were some of the biggest challenges to your initiative, and how did you meet those challenges?

The challenges to using Google Classroom to accomplish multiple objectives was an initial learning curve which we soon got over as practice makes perfect and we were not perfect in the early stages. Other challenges still remain which is getting more teachers to buy-in to what this learning system can do for their teaching and the students' education. It takes time and the right moment for the magic to happen.

What are the three biggest components that need to be in place for tech innovation to succeed are:

Groups of teachers that are promoting the new technology's use
Students that are interested in the sound of it even if in a small way (perhaps how it can benefit them in the long-run)
Accessibility/Ease of Use (from both home and school, on devices, on any type of platform).

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