Innovate to Educate Entry

Tustin Unified School District

Theodora Beauchamp, Fifth Grade 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 innovative technology initiative that I am proud of implementing is Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) via CueThink. CueThink math app has revolutionized how students access and check their work by allowing them to record their voice explaining how they solved a problem, which in turn helps me understand their depth of knowledge. An online rubric provides feedback to the student in regards to what area needs improvement and allows me to track their progress.

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

One of the challenges to using CueThink with math was the functionality of the app (etc...recordings and student logins). By using their messaging feature the team quickly responds to an issue, which makes using the application daily in my classroom a reality. My students and I worked alongside each other to learn CueThink during the first year which lead to proficiency. We embrace a growth mindset and strive to showcase new ideas on CueThink.

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

Ease of use
The ability to differentiate learning
Teacher/student reflection pieces. The features on the solve page are easy to use and showcase math thinking. Differentiating learning is simple - I click on the problem and click on the students who need it. The best component is student annotated thinklets. Students are able to revise their work based on positive peer feedback.

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