Innovate to Educate Entry

Ste. Genevieve Middle School

Rhett Oldham, Teacher

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

The Global Collaboration Project using Google Classroom, Padlet, Webcam Toy, Screencastify, Google Forms, Snapchat, and Instagram has been the best thing I have ever done in education. By using technology to create long lasting friendships with people all over the world, my students truly become global citizens. The Global Collaboration Project could not be as extensive without the technology we use daily. This project is truly transformative.

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

The biggest challenge was teaching the students the technology but it was so much fun, the challenge wasn't that great.

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

The technology must be relevant. A worksheet as a PDF on a computer is still a worksheet. Students must see that the technology truly enhances the lesson.
Technology should make ALL students feel equal. When my brightest kid partners up with my special education kid, they can look at their presentation tool and it looks the same. The content may not be the same but the presentation does. That levels the playing field.
Technology is a classroom culture. My students only use their Chromebook; no paper, pencil, markers, etc. Our classroom is focused on using as many tools as possible to enhance our lesson. See Symbaloo: My students love the technology because I give them options. They are empowered. They are creative. They are engaged.

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