Humans of 21st Century Schools Anna Blackwell - EDUC 614

Mr. Cone, World History teacher at Carrboro High School
"I teach both world history and electives on global issues and global cultures. I have fewer opportunities to use technology in my world history class, as it is on a tight schedule with a required curriculum. But in my elective classes on global topics, I have more leeway and can use a lot of technology. I like Google Alerts for tracking ongoing stories. I have students use Skype to interview book authors. My students use social media, such as using Twitter to find articles. They use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to reach out to global figures, like the head of the Center for Disease Control or big macroeconomic figures, for example, and ask them questions. I like using social media because students can always have that contact for future reference. I also teach them how to be respectful to these people through technology communication." - Mr. Cone
Ms. Smith, Civics and Economics teacher at Carrboro High School
"Using technology frequently in my classroom allows for students to collaborate on projects and assignments like never before. Technology allows for greater student accountability, because teachers can see exactly what students complete in Google Docs and Google Slides, and they can easily compare students work to thousands of other sources. Online discussion tools allow reserved students to feel more confident in expressing their opinions than they are in a typical classroom setting. All of these things are changing the way learning looks inside and outside of school." - Ms. Smith
Mrs. Zemon, Civics & Economics and American History teacher at Carrboro High School
"I really enjoy using Google Classroom for my classes; rather than having to photocopy and lug articles to class, I can send links of articles to students. Their assignments are also submitted online, so I can easily see what has been submitted on time or late. Students can also access the Google Classroom from home. I am able to easier hold onto grades and assignments, which is especially useful for end of year student evaluations. I also use EverFi for the personal finance unit. EverFi is an interactive, dynamic program that has lessons and quizzes. One of the best things about EverFi is that it is self-paced, so students, especially my ESL students, can go back and review concepts and terms they did not understand." - Mrs. Zemon
Mr. Schendt, Civics & Economics and AP Comparative Government teacher at Carrboro High School
"I only like to use technology when it is absolutely necessary. I will use technology in the classroom when it's actually applicable, but not just for the sake of using it. I don't like 'flashy' resources like Prezi, but prefer students use tools like Google Docs or Google Slides, which I feel are more relevant for students and helps them gain better technology skills for their futures. For research, I definitely use technology, like computers and the Internet, but I don't feel that it is required for things like giving presentations." - Mr. Schendt
Mrs. French, an American History teacher at Carrboro High School
"I mostly use technology to facilitate instruction, communication, and data collection. During instruction, I use technology for directions or agenda, games, videos, recording student responses, etc. I use Google Classroom to post assignments, communicate with students, and collect student responses. I also use apps such as Zipgrade to grade multiple choice tests and perform data analysis of test results. I use an app called Round Table to track class seminars. Overall I find technology useful for communicating information and tracking student performance. I don't use social media very much or other apps that lack student oversight. There are district policies involving social media so in many cases I shy away from using it all together. I do encourage students to use social media for study groups and such but do not mandate and am not responsible for student interactions on these forums. I don't join the groups so I don't have any access to what is posted or said." - Mrs. French
Mrs. Whitley, teaching assistant for social studies at Carrboro High School
"Carrboro High classrooms tend to use Google Classroom a lot, as well as Google Docs and Google slides. Students each have a school email account through GMail, and can access class materials from home. The school provides Chromebooks for students to use, which are especially helpful for research projects done in social studies classes, such as looking up precedents set by Supreme Court cases or current bills being debated in Congress. I like to help students learn effective research techniques by making sure they use reliable sources from the Internet." - Mrs. Whitley
Mrs. Blackwell, ESL Coordinator for Caswell County Schools
"I use laptops, iPads, and PCs for building English proficiency in all domains - reading, writing, speaking, and listening. There are a lot of good and interactive technology programs for building English reading skills, such as Rosetta Stone. I also use Google Translate quite a bit. I encourage teachers with ESL students in their classrooms to use Smart Boards, which allow students to be more engaged in class, and document cameras, which display readings more easily for non-English speakers and readers." - Mrs. Blackwell

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