Heather DeGuzman has been living in Northeast China for the past ten years. In China, where computers are uncommon in classrooms, students are taught in an old fashion way using chalk boards. As a geography teacher, Heather wanted to integrate her classes with technology and through visual learning. We asked her to share one unique experience she has had as a teacher. “My husband had just bought me my first iPad and I immediately downloaded the National Geographic Atlas from the App Store. When I opened the National Geographic Atlas and spun the globe to find the location I was looking for, the whole room gasped. I think it was at that moment I was sold on using technology in the classroom.” Heather recalls her favorite experience in the program was during her first group project. “We were the first ones up to present our project and it was only in the last two weeks that things started to get really intense due to project creep. The collaboration, the editing, the creativity, it was so much fun!”. Heather used Adobe Captivate and Illustrator to make an anatomy multimedia project for kids. Despite the 15-hour difference between China and California, Heather stayed on top of all her classes and will be graduating in May of 2017.
Mr. Samuel Warren, MSIDT Student from Tokyo, Japan